"Tribe made Kanye West. Made the kid with the pink Polo. Made it so I could dress funny," the rapper said.
Tuesday night, fans, friends and family members gathered at Apollo Theater to remember late A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg.
Among those in attendance were Andre 3000, Kelly Price, the Roots, D'Angelo and Kanye West, who remembered Phife's legacy and influence, saying "Anything I ever did wrong, blame Tip and Phife cause ya'll raised me."
Tribe opened for Kanye during his 2013 Yeezus tour and during his speech he relayed the impact the group had on him.
"Y'all made it okay in a city of Al Capone — number one murder capital city — for me to be me. 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."
West added, "I love y'all and I'm not sorry. Rest in Peace to Phife Dawg."
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