Phife Dawg To Release EP, Single Before Sophomore LP

The Five-Foot Assassin elaborates on his upcoming projects.

Phife Dawg previously revealed plans to drop his sophomore solo album Songs in the Key of Phife Volume 1: Cheryl's Big Son (Elma's Grandson), but he’s got a few surprises in store prior to its release. The ATCQ member intends to put out an eight-track EP titled Songs in the Key of Phife, The EP: 8 is Enuff!, and already has an idea of his sophomore album’s first single.

The EP: 8 is Enuff!, like the television show. The reason why I named it that is because in hip-hop, a lot of times, we tend to have ADD,” he told Karmaloop. “So you don’t want to give them too much, give ‘em a little bit at a time, and then you beat them over the head with the full-length, which is Songs in the Key of Life: Cheryl’s Big Son."

He also explained that the EP mirrors his timeline. "Reason being, it’s been eight years since I’ve been in the booth, eight years recording and producing, eight years total going through health issues which had me not even thinking about music, and eight songs plus bonus cuts on the EP," he said. "Being that the rap industry has A.D.D., you can’t  give them too much when you’ve been gone for a whole decade and change."

Before the full-length follow-up to 2000's Ventilation: Da LP hits stores, the Queens, New York native plans on dropping its first single “Sole Game” if all goes according to plan. “Hopefully, the first single will be this joint called ‘Sole Game.’ If it’s not logical, I’d understand. But that’s one of my favorite records,” he said, spitting a verse from the track.

“Basically, the song is my ode to sneakers. I’m just a fanatic like that. Growing up in New York, you had to stay fresh, and you had to earn whatever it is that you were trying to get. My parents wasn’t giving me nothing unless I came home with A’s and B’s, and unfortunately, that didn’t always happen.”

Phife’s EP and LP are expected to hit stores later this year.

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  • Anonymous

    LMFAO That pic is funny!! Lmfao Im high right now and that is the last thing i needed to see funny shit!!!! LMFAO DX COME ON YALL COULD HAVE PUT A BETTER PIC UP!! LMFAO

  • Anonymous

    i love q-tip. but phife was always a little underrated

  • G($)

    horrible pic, he looks rough.

  • khordkutta

    get a better pic, i thought it was gunna be news about the homeless

  • Conseqwack

    F*ck you Phife! This is Cons to the. Tribe called quest would be nothing without me and u know it. Check out stressed out. I spit hot Fyah. kanye would be nothing without me also. My cousin Q-Tip tried to replace you with me but he failed so f*ck him too. And pusha T bit my sh*t. How dare he mention the last supper in his rhymes? Everyone knows that I'm the real GOD emcee! Kanye, please take me back. I'm running out of money and Tip won't let me tag along to his Tribe shows anymore. Apparently Phife, Jarobi and Ali are mad at me. I don't know why. They must be jealous because I'm so awesome.

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