Kobe Bryant Reacts to the Passing of A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg


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Kobe Bryant grew up in Philadelphia, which is just a two-hour drive from New York City, where Phife Dawg rose to prominence as one of the most versatile emcees of his generation.  In an interview for LakersNation.com, Kobe reflected on the tragic and sudden passing of a rap pioneer, explaining Phife was someone who was able to “make music that can stand the test of time.” Considering the fact that guys who weren’t even teenagers when Phife was consistently releasing music, like Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa (who immediately released tributes in the wake of Phife’s death), proves that point.

Kobe went on to talk about the broader effect music has had on him as a pro, from using it to get in the Mamba zone before a game, or calm him down during a strenuous time. Full interview is featured above.