I ran across a poem on line called "I LONG..." by someone who signed it Jimmy Dennis.
On the HipHop Is Dead album, Nas raps about the suicide deaths of Phyllis Hyman and Donny Hathaway in "Blunt Ashes." So the ashes speak to him when he's gettin' high?
Props sort of from rapper/DJ/producer Pete Rock who loops Phyllis Hyman's "Magic Mona" for the cruising anthem "A-Yo" on Blackout! Vol. 2 by Method Man and Redman.
And Nissi, one of my "Super" Last.fm friends, tells us that A Tribe Called Quest mentions Phyllis on "Baby Phife's Return" from Beats, Rhymes and Life.
Nissi also turns us on to some more, longer-form tributes to Phyllis:
"Memorial Blues For Phyllis Hyman" -- from the Spectrum anthologies by British…