R.I.P. Phife Dawg (1970 – 2016)

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Hip Hop lost one it’s legends in the game Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest fame. He had been battling Diabetes, and complications from a kidney transplant in 2008. He went on to become a diabetes advocate, and even shared his story in the 2012 documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life. Born Malik Taylor, he appeared on all five of the group’s studio albums, most notably 1991’s The Low End Theory, and 1993’s Midnight Marauders, acting as the high-pitched, gruff vocal counterpoint to Q-Tip’s smooth, mellow flow. The group broke up and reunited multiple times since the release of their last album, 1998’s the Love Movement. As documented in Beats, Rhymes & Life, the group would sporadically reunite for live shows, but stopped short at recording new material.
Enjoy some more classic Phife and ATCQ below, as well as a few fellow artists responses and well wishes.
Posted by Marcus_206

Phife-HipHop & Rap word Warrior, simple as that.Breathed it & lined rhyme into Sport.A true fire Social Narrator my bro
#RIBeats ATCQforever
ā€” Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 23, 2016

Rest in peace legend… #PhifeDawg #ATCQ
ā€” King Push (@PUSHA_T) March 23, 2016

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