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Kanye West: 'A Tribe Called Quest raised me'

TRIBUTE: Kanye West (right) paid tribute to the late A Tribe Called Quest star Phife Dawg (left)

HIP-HOP STAR Kanye West paid tribute to late A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg following his death last month.

The Bound 2 star was speaking at a memorial service at the Apollo Theatre in New York on Tuesday (Apr 5), and he gave a touching address on the hip-hop artist - who died on March 22 due to complications from diabetes.

Revealing how the group's album Low End Theory was the first he ever bought, West admitted he was "always" in trouble for listening to music, but didn't mind being sent to detention because he could listen to the record.

According to the Daily Mail, he said: "Tribe made Kanye West. Made the kid with the pink polo. Made it so I could dress funny. I'm not sorry if I said something wrong.

"I was sitting here thinking about how much these people inspire me and how powerful the influence of the music was and how it made that walk to study hall so short. How it meant everything. It is everything."

The rapper added that any of his wrongdoings were down to A Tribe Called Quest and their influence on him.

He continued: "Music was stolen from us and corporatised and anybody that spoke up was demonised. Anything I ever did wrong, blame Tip and Phife 'cause y'all raised me."

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