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    11 Classic Songs That Prove Phife Dawg Was A Hip-Hop Legend

    "Ya on point, Phife?"

    1. "Scenario"

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    No one knew how to kick off a track like Phife.

    Legendary Lyric: "A-yo Bo knows this (what?) and Bo knows that (what?) / But Bo don't know jack, cause Bo can't rap"

    2. "Award Tour"

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    Phife was a confident MC.

    Legendary Lyric: "When was the last time you heard the Phifer sloppy / Lyrics anonymous, you'll never hear me copy / Top notch baby, never coming less / Sky's the limit, you gots to believe up in Quest"

    3. "Buggin' Out"

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    He was seriously, lyrically gifted.

    Legendary Lyric: "Yo, microphone check one two what is this / The five foot assassin with the ruffneck business / I float like gravity, never had a cavity / Got more rhymes than the Winans got family"

    4. "Can I Kick It?"

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    He had a smooth flow.

    Legendary Lyric: "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"

    5. "Electric Relaxation"

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    He could be blunt and clever at the same time.

    Legendary lyric: "I like em brown, yellow, Puero Rican or Haitian / Name is Phife Dawg from the Zulu Nation / Told you in the jam that We Can Get Down / Now let's Knock the Boots like the group H-Town"

    6. "Lyrics To Go"

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    He could battle with the best of them.

    Legendary Lyric: "The mic is in effect so you know I'm never stallin / Walkin through the door and all them suckers started haulin / Talk a lot of trash but no one can seem to beat it / Pull out your microphone and watch the Phifer make you eat it"

    7. "Check the Rhime"

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    He knew how to bring the energy onstage.

    Legendary Lyric: "Now here's a funky introduction of how nice I am / Tell your mother, tell your father, send a telegram / I'm like an energizer 'cause, you see, I last long / My crew is never ever wack because we stand strong"

    8. "We Can Get Down"

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    He stayed true to the spirit of hip-hop.

    Legendary Lyric: "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"

    9. "Find A Way"

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    He spoke about classic issues in a relatable way.

    Legendary Lyric: "Not dealing with nobody, now that's what you told me (what?) / I said, hey yo, it's cool, we can just be friendly (come on) / 'Cause yo, picture me messing it up / Her mind not corrupt with the ill C-Cups"

    10. "Show Business"

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    He was always honest about the industry.

    Classic Lyric: Like Chuck D, I got so much trouble on my mind /

    'bout these no-talent artists getting signed, they can't rhyme

    11. "Oh My God"

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    Last but not least: He used his platform to be open about his illness.

    Legendary Lyric: "Mr. Energetic, who me sound pathetic / When's the last time you heard a funky diabetic?"

    RIP Phife Dawg

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    Thank you for showing us what real hip-hop should look like.

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