Concerts

Phife Dawg at Club Red, 6/22/12

Phife Dawg Club Red Friday, June 22

If there was one point that was made clear in last year's documentary Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, its that the members of the influential hip-hop group won't be staging a reunion anytime soon.

Although Q-Tip is on (relatively) cordial terms with Phife Dawg these days, despite all the drama depicted in Michael Rapaport's award-winning doc, he's been plenty busy these days acting in movies, performing at festivals alongside Kanye and Busta Rhymes, and prepping his latest solo album The Last Zulu

The upside of this situation, however, is that Tribe fans get to seemingly fill Q-Tip's role during Phife Dawg's performances, much like they did last night at Club Red in Tempe. The downside, however, is that it produced a pretty uneven concert experience

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.