A Tribe Called Quest - 1nce Again for Phife f. Tammy Lucas & Mr. Bim (Vice beats tribute)

by A Tribe Called Quest

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This tribute is in honour of the sad passing of the incredibly talented MC Phife Dawg. As a member of A Tribe Called Quest, and talented artist in his own right, Phife's battle with Diabetes was well documented.

1nce Again is one of my favourite tracks of all time irrespective of genre, as it is with many people. I wanted to give this track to Phife in person at some point, but after missing his last gig for Doctors Orders last year that opportunity never arose.

I hope you enjoy this tribute, featuring some lovely Sax elements courtesy of Bristol based beatmaker Mr.Bim, and thank you for listening.

Rest in Beats Phife, we love and miss you.


released March 31, 2016

Original track -
A Tribe Called Quest - 1nce Again f. Tammy Lucas
(C) 1996 Zomba Recording LLC
Taken from the album "Beats, Rhymes and Life"
The song was the first ATCQ single to feature co-production by the late J Dilla, which seems like a fitting tribute to 2 of my favourite hip-hop artists.

The track features saxophone from Bristol based beatmaker Mr.Bim.



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Track Name: 1nce Again for Phife f. Tammy Lucas & Mr.Bim (Vice beats tribute)
You on point Phife?
Once Again Tip
You on point Phife?
Once Again Tip
You on point Phife?
Once Again Tip
Watch me bust they shit

[Hook: Tammy Lucas]
Ohhhh, you did it to me once again my friend
I swear you do it to me everytime
Cause you stay crazy on my mind
Yo you got it goin on (say word), on and on and on
On and on and on

[Verse 1: Phife Dawg]
This is the year that I come in and just devastate
My style is great ask your peoples can I dominate?
My rhymes are harder than last night's erection
Don't play me close, I'll have this mic up in your mid-section
My shit is lovely simply meaning that my joint is tight
Amping up the mic making sure production's tight
Sometimes I might catch a severe case of writer's block
But by the end of the day you'll be on my jock
My name's Malik my hobby's putting MC's to the test
And if you front I'll put my foot up in your freaking chest
Freestyle fanatic, and never will it ever stop
You crew is loose, you might just want to call the cops

Aye, yo I gotta put some action on paper
Make sure my verse jump up and spread out like the raper
The only tip I got for a waiter
Is watch the doorknob hit me where the dirty dog shoulda' bit me
That was my train of thought, but for so long I fought
Now I'm at a level supreme to the devil
So turn up the bass and lay low on the treble
We be the real MC's and you dead, bring a shovel
Revitalize, the vital Tribe nigga, WHAT?
The ladies sweat the style like the squirrel sweat the nuts
You know a fellas good for the moola
Don't smoke no woolas, read the name call me Slick Tip the Ruler


[Verse Two: Q-Tip]
Yo I've been treading on this globe man for twenty-five joints
Sometimes Shaitan got me by the pressure points
But I can break a fella down like sex
You eat Wheat Chex but still light in the ass and can't flex
If one nigga front I'mma make more pay
Cause tonight, we gettin off like O.J
And yo I got a Dawg that bites, fuck the barking
Yo I got a crew with the beats and the smarts and

I fought my shit up on Linden in the one-nine-two
Forever writing never biting ain't shit else to do
Hoping to battle, but most MC's ain't ready yet
But if they utter one word then it's as good as set
You have MC's dropping bombs that's incredible
Some of the brothers, their styles are just despicable
As for me see I just do how I love to do
Try to deny me of my props then I'll be seeing you
Most of you suckers wanna be down for the tag along
The freaking fame, someone tell em that this shit ain't games
You gots to do this from your heart meaning your inner soul
And if it's real only then will you be on a roll
I try to stay on top my game there ain't no time to lose
Four albums deep as a Quester but still we payin' dues
So hear me out one time, you gots to be yourself
Cause if you ain't yourself you end up by your freaking self
I'm coming rugged with the Linden Boule type of slang
And yo, we'll see who can hang yo

You on point Tip?
Yo once Again Phife
You on point Tip?
Yo once Again Phife
You on point Tip?
Yo once again Phife
Ayo that kid is marvelous