Deconstructing the Scenario Featuring Phife Dawg
Trill or Not Trill?


While attending college it is time to control and maximize this new scenario placed in your life (all pun intended). As a college student arriving on campus, in many cases, you are immediately removed from your hometown, parents, old friends and placed in a larger or different educational setting which can be overwhelming. Believe it or not you as an individual have full control on how this scenario can play out. This brings me to Phife Dawg a member of the 90s hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Originated in Queens, New York, A Tribe Called Quest developed hits such as Bonita Applebum, Award Tour and Electric Relaxation. In honor of the sudden death of Phife I have decided to continue his legacy while teaching college students the ability to maximize a new scenario (The reason behind this Trill movement).

Tribe Called Quest dropped this gem “Scenario” in the early 90s which could arguably be described as one of the greatest hip hop songs of all time. Phife Dawg was the first artist on this track. Let’s take a look at his lyircs and deconstruct:

Heyo, Bo knows this, (What?) and Bo knows that (What?)
But Bo don’t know jack, cause Bo can’t rap
Bo Jackson was one of the greatest dual athletes of all time but even he can’t handle boknowsthe lyrics of Phife. As a college student it is important to identify your passion on campus or in society. Seek to identify your excellence what you are great at. Once you find this passion turn it into a craft that cannot be defeated. Please do not leave that campus as a “Jack of all trades, master of none”

Well what do you know, the Di-Dawg, is first up to bat
No batteries included, and no strings attached
phife dawgAs a student don’t be afraid to present your project first, sit in front of class, attend leadership conferences, join clubs, or visit professors during office hours should be a self-commitment. You don’t have to rely on any extra batteries or motivation to completing the steps needed to graduate and work in your career. Lead off and don’t look back. Take advantage of every resource at your campus.)


No holds barred, no time for move fakin’dwayne-wade-fadeaway-and-1
Stop putting restrictions on your college experiences. Stop pump faking with inconsistent appearances to class, club meetings or those great events. In the same breathe don’t be “fake busy” or do things without a strategic plan. Next time ask yourself what is the greatest benefit if I attend this function or be authentic with my actions.


Gots to get the loot so I can bring home the bacon
phiPhife says bringing home the bacon which means to provide for the family. Remember you enrolled in school to gain that lucrative career you always wanted or to make your family proud or to simply progress as in individual. Every time you want to take a nap in the dorm instead of attending a resume workshop remember opportunity can be passing you by.


Brothers front, they say the Tribe can’t flow
But we’ve been known to do the impossible like Broadway Joejoe n
The Jets won an improbable super bowl in 1969(Sorry Jets Fans) due to faith and a guarantee from QB Joe”Broadway Joe” Namath. Just like Joe we all can start speaking our goals into existence. If you want to attend Law School, guarantee it and chase that dream. I want you to put dreams into practice and believe that you will defeat your opponents. This opponent could be your old neighborhood, stigmas of being a first generation student, statistics or experts. Time to change course and it all starts with a little self-belief. Guarantee that degree and career!


Sleep if you want, NyQuil will help you get your Z’s, troop.
burnsSleep could be a double meaning for college students. The first definition from our boy Phife is that sleeping could lead to missed opportunities which can come in all forms at a college institution. I have attended many a higher ed professional leadership conference where companies like Nike, Starbucks and others were hiring on the spot. Students missed out due to oversleeping literally and figuratively. Check all emails from your University don’t sleep on the resources.

In addition, people from your community or former life will sleep on your new ambitions and goals. Please let these people sleep all they want. You got something bigger brewing in your future. If they want to continue sleeping pass them some Nyquil to make it a lot easier.

Rest In Peace Phife. Your legacy will continue to build leaders.


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