Rest in Peace Phife Dawg
Phife Dawg of the golden-era rap group, A Tribe Called Quest, passed away at the age of 45. The cause of death is still unknown but Phife struggled with diabetes and poor health for the past several years and received a kidney transplant in 2008.
The Hip-Hop community has come together to pay their respects to the 5-foot-assassin.
Damn RIP 2 the legend Phife Dawg 😔. My prayers go out to ATCQ & family…— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) March 23, 2016
Phife-HipHop & Rap word Warrior, simple as that.Breathed it & lined rhyme into Sport.A true fire Social Narrator my bro #RIBeats ATCQforever— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 23, 2016
Mac Miller released a track last night dedicated to the legend.
Phife Dawg, his official name: Malik Taylor, was born in the Jamaica, Queens and formed A Tribe Called Quest with rapper Q-Tip, DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Jarobi White. The group released five studio albums and released their last album, The Love Movement in 1998. The group recently reunited on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2015 for the reissue of their first album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. This Fallon performance last November is the last performance they had as a group.
According to Rolling Stone, Phife was working on a LP, MUTTYmorPHosis, and released the single “Nutshell” last year.
The Graffiti community has also paid their respects. Ader wrote a beautiful handstyle tribute to Phife’s verse on the track “Scenario.” Meres One and Ces also shared their own artwork.
12ozProphet would like to give its deepest condolences to Malik Taylor and his family.
Featured Image: From Ader.