The A Tribe Called Quest star, real name Malik Taylor, passed away on 22 March (16) aged 45 from complications related to diabetes, and on Tuesday (05Apr16), many of the late rapper's friends gathered for a memorial service at New York's Apollo Theater.

Among the attendees was Outkast's Andre 3000, who revealed during the event that there were talks to join forces with his rap duo and Phife's veteran group before Phife's passing.

According to Rolling Stone, Andre told the crowd, "I'm going to say some interesting news and some disappointing news at the same time. About a year or two ago, we were talking about doing a Tribe Called Quest and Outkast album. Yeah. For whatever reason, it did not happen.

"I don’t want to let the time go by, because you never know. And that’s one of the biggest things about regret. Whatever reason we didn’t do it, it was on our plate and we just... let it go for our own personal reasons."

The four-hour memorial service was also attended by Kanye West, Chuck D, and Busta Rhymes, while musicians including D'Angelo, The Roots, Kelly Price and Grandmaster Flash performed at the event.

Kanye also took the stage to delivered a speech in which he recalled his longtime love of A Tribe Called Quest, and how their album The Low End Theory was the first he ever bought.

"I was sitting here thinking about how much these people inspire me and how powerful the influence of the music was," he said. "How it meant everything. It is everything. Music was stolen from us and corporatised and anybody that spoke up was demonised. Anything I ever did wrong, blame Tip (Q-Tip) and Phife 'cause y'all raised me."