Your whole appearance is a lie and it could never be true. And if you really loved yourself, then you would try and be you.

— Phife Dawg

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Straight from the heart, I represent hip hop I be three albums deep, but I don't wanna go pop Too many candy rappers seem to be at the top Too much candy is no good, so now I'm closing the shop.

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I like them brown, yellow, Puerto Rican, or Haitian Name is Phife Dawg from the Zulu nation.

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Now here's a funky introduction of how nice I am Tell your mother, tell your father, send a telegram.

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I instruct you to be the obeyer, A rhythm recipe that you'll savor, Doesn't matter if you're minor or major, Yes, the Tribe of the game, rhythm player, As you inhale like a breath of fresh air

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When's the last time you heard a funky diabetic?

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A Tribe Called Quest was one of those things where it was supposed to be about growth. When I say 'growth,' I don't just mean with our sound or our product, but Tribe was supposed to grow as individuals.

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Used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue.

It's not like honey dip would wanna get with me, But just in case I own more condoms than TLC.

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Question: Why is that MC's be wack And major labels wanna sign that crap? A-yo...funk that!

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If your not honest with yourself, how the hell are you gonna be honest with me.

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I emcee how I feel for the moment. I'll always be influenced by Tribe, but my EP and LP have a lot of different flavors! I'll keep it vintage Tribe if Tribe decides to do another LP... which, in my heart, I'd love to do for the fans.

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Call it stubborn, call it ignorant, call it what you want, but I don't think I have to join a particular faith or culture or creed or religion just to fit in, since I was part of the clique since it's inception.

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London is one of my favourite places to come to overseas.

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About Phife Dawg

Quotes 35 sayings
Profession Rapper
Birthday November 20, 1970

People in the U.S. always got to be spoon-fed. If it's something to difficult to understand, they don't give it a chance. They want something real simple that they can sing along with and play in the clubs and that's about it. In the UK, their whole mind set is completely different.

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New York City pretty much reeked of music.

Reeked of rap and hip-hop. As for me, growing up in a strict West Indian, Trinidadian household, and a Christian household as well, I had to fight for the right to go and actually be a part of it.

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Yeah, me and Q-Tip is cool outside of the business, but you know, within the business sometimes it can get ugly, you know what I mean?

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I am totally involved with music, but my goal is to do the sports thing.

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One of my main goals is to become a sports broadcaster. That is the ultimate for me.

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I'm a rapper but I'm a human being.

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I'm doing a fun EP. It's called 'Songs in the Key of Phife: Eight Is Enough.' It's radio-friendly, but then a lot of it just has that raw hip-hop. Some of it will be vintage Tribe, but for the most part I'm just letting my voice be heard.

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There were only two things you did in New York City, Queens to be exact, music or sports.

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I would never disrespect a man's way of life, especially if they're happy.

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New York has changed a whole lot. For worse I think because back when I was growing up in New York we were always the trendsetters. I don't care if it was from clothes to hip-hop music, to whatever. Right now New York is a bunch of followers. A lot of them are. It's really not the same.

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I love New York. New York made me the man that I am, and I always rep it to the fullest, but right now it's completely different from what it was and anybody that says it's for the better is straight up lyin'. Straight up lyin'!

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When I hear the word "documentary," I don't think certain things should be left out. You've got to keep it 100 percent as much as you can, unless your group has a meeting beforehand and says, "Yo -- don't say this, 'cause boom, boom, boom." Other than that, it's a documentary so let's document, you know what I mean?

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Too much of something is never good.

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I think hip-hop needs a little bit of diversity.

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I'm all about the fans.

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I got tired of New York. I mean when you grow up somewhere, uh, I just basically wanted something different for myself and if I was planning on having a family.

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I really don't have to answer to nobody.

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If it takes 30 days of rehearsal, you better ace all 30 of those days.

When it's game time, you're ready to play ball.

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I don't have a problem expressing myself.

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Cuz if I don't say I'm the best, tell me who the hell will.

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I don't want to take food off of somebody's plate.

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Styles be fat like Jackie Gleason, the rest be Art Carney.

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