There were a lot of folks who were glad to see 2016 go, and a Tribe Called Quest's Jarobi White is one of them
In an interview with Cult Montreal, the Hip Hop legend said despite putting out a critically acclaimed and commercially successful album in We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, 2016 couldn't have been worse for him due to band mate Phife Dawg passing away from diabetes complications.
"2016 was a fucking horrible year," said Jarobi. "One of the worse of my life. What stands out the most? I mean, the passing of losing my brother ... There's nothing that has shaped or impacted my life. Nothing even comes close. Like, the record, like, nothing comes close to that."The Queens, N.Y. native also said that he can't fully enjoy all the acclaim the album has received, because Phife isn't around to soak it in.
"I'm super happy they're enjoying it and feel good about the project," stated Jarobi. "But you know, I wish that Phife was here to see how much all of these people love us ... This album is definitely a living tribute to Phife, and it's very gratifying for this shit to be No. 1 in like 30 countries or whatever. Wherever Phife's sitting, he's like 'That's alright.'"