As you have likely already heard, A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg
has died, presumably late last night after a prolonged battle with diabetes and a kidney transplant eight years ago. He was only forty-five, an age that seems much too soon, especially for someone who had such a pioneering impact on music.
Speaking of that impact: UNC-Chapel Hill, of course, has a pioneering hip-hop program.
Yesterday, during her tour of her new system's flagship school, the fresh UNC system president got a glimpse of it when she stopped by the 1789 Venture Lab. Andre Barden, or DJ A-Minor
, sampled Spellings saying "opportunity" (her choice, and better than "Money!") and then invited to scratch records over the top of it. A-Minor walked her through the process, all the while sporting a subversively appropriate shirt that reads "Cash Ruined Everything About Music." I wonder if Spellings got the reference?
The News & Observer brilliantly captured
the sight, which includes some seriously pained head-nodding from Spellings. Watch
it below and weep.