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A Tribe Called Quest Honored at ASCAP Awards

It was a special and emotional night as A Tribe Called Quest were honored at the 2016 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, Thursday night at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles.

Outkast member André 3000 and ASCAP President Paul Williams presented the iconic rap group with the ASCAP Golden Note Award, during the 29th annual ceremony.

Though the moment was indeed a cause for celebration and smiles wore faces, it was still bittersweet due to the passing of Tribe member Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor.

JET and EBONY.com’s Senior Digital Editor, Britni Danielle was on the scene and spoke with member Ali Shaheed Muhammad, who shared his sentiment with the loss of his friend and group member.

“It’s still fresh. I did my first DJ gig since he passed three or four weeks ago, and walking into the building I felt his absence for the first time because I’ve just been working and I haven’t really been public,” he shared.

“He impacted a lot of people. He influenced a lot of people. A lot of people champion his life. His energy was just motivating. It’s too new to really say what the future will be, but we’re going to deal with it right now to try to honor him.”

Among the names that took to the stage to express their gratitude and love for the Tribe was Busta Rhymes, who delivered a heartfelt tribute to the crew before rocking the mic.

And many who are fans of hip-hop culture share the same sentiments. The fellas of Tribe spawned a uniqueness in delivery, style and lyrical olympics when it came to the bars. Their tone and artistic vision remains unmatched.

“I can think of all the artists that I grew up listening to, like Stevie Wonder or Prince, and having the pleasure of meeting them and knowing how their music impacted me,” says Shaheed Muhammad. “Knowing that we’ve touched people in that same way feels good. We did something good with our lives.”

Salute Fellas, and rest easy Phife.

*Feature Image: (L-R) Ali Shaheed Muhammad, DJ Rasta Root, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, mother of the late rapper Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, ASCAP SVP of Membership Nicole George Middleton, Jarobi White (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP)