Phife Dawg, co-founder of legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, passed away in March 2016. But did he project the Cowboys season?
While his reference to Tony Romo in the song seemed dated as rookie quarterback Dak Prescott emerged as the star this year, many say it’s time for the franchise to bring Romo back after Prescott lost to the New York Giants last night.
Phife also correctly predicted that Dallas would lead the NFC East, even though he was from New York.
Check out Phife’s posthumous verse on “We The People” from We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service — released in November (via Genius):
“Dreaming of a world that’s equal for women with no division
Boy, I tell you that’s vision
Like Tony Romo when he hitting Witten
The Tribe be the best in they division”
While these words seemed irrelevant when Prescott was winning and Romo was on the bench, the tides have turned after the recent Dallas loss.
Phife was known to drop more sports references than most other rappers. His lyrics were littered with shout-outs to everyone from Vinny Testaverde to Joe Namath.
The 34-year-old Witten was excited to get a lyric about him on the new Tribe album (via ESPN):
“One day the kids will be proud of old pops. He’s in a rap song.”
Meanwhile, this is not the first time that Romo has heard his name in a hip-hop track.
In fact, the song “9 on Me” by Migos, which features 2 Chainz, is almost entirely about the Cowboys quarterback.
Phife likely did not know that Prescott would become a legend for America’s Team. But now that Romo is back in the spotlight, this song finally has a new meaning.