The legacy of Phife Dawg lives on since his passing in March from diabetes complications. After watching A Tribe Called Quest propel themselves to a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with their recently released comeback album We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service despite an 18-year hiatus, Phife Dawg's wife, Desha Head Taylor, announced that her late husband's posthumous album will be released next year.
As Tribe fans gathered in Queens, New York after Linden Boulevard was co-named "Malik Phife Dawg Way" this past weekend, Taylor told Okayplayer about her late husband's forthcoming project.
"His solo album will be out probably sometime during the first quarter of 2017. We're working on it now," she said. "He completed his entire solo album before he transitioned, so we're excited about releasing that."
The album would serve as Phife's sophomore set, his first since 2000's Ventilation: Da LP. According to Taylor, her husband relished every second of the creative process during the making of the Queens rap group's latest offering.
"There were times where he was working on the album where he would send me video footage of him rhyming over some of the beats that you would hear on the album," she said. "He would make a certain face when hearing the beat, he would make this frown like 'I'm feeling this,' and you would hear his verses in the back. He was really excited about this project."
In April, Phife Dawg released the posthumous video for "Nutshell" off Give Thanks, the album he had been working on at the time of his death.