Hip-Hop Legend Phife Dawg Passes Away At The Age of 45

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The hip-hop community was saddened last week when it was announced that A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg had passed away at the age of 45 due to complications resulting from diabetes.

The Hip-Hop World Lost Another Legend

“Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family,” – A statement from Malik Taylor’s family.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Malik Taylor famously known as Phife Dawg, a founding member of the legendary Queens, New York-based rap group A Tribe Called Quest passed away at the age of 45 from complications from diabetes. The renowned rapper had suffered from diabetes for many years. He mentioned being a "funky diabetic" in the single "Oh My God" from A Tribe Called Quest's third album, Midnight Marauders. Malik Taylor’s illness was documented in the 2011 documentary film about his rap group entitled Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, directed by Michael Rapaport. Phife Dawg underwent a kidney transplant in 2008 before touring the country with A Tribe Called Quest.

The death of Phife Dawg was an instant trend of social media. Lifelong A Tribe Called Quest fans were shocked by the news. Most of them expressed their sadness and paid their tribute to his influence in the rap genre in the 1980s and 1990s on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. A petition surfaced from fans who wish to co-name Linden Boulevard between 192 and 193 Street in Queens A Tribe Called Quest Boulevard.

Phife's Bio

Born Malik Taylor on November 23, 1970 in Jamaica, Queens, Phife Dawg (or simply Phife), was an American rapper of Trinidadian descent, and a member of the group A Tribe Called Quest with high school classmates Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (and for a short time Jarobi White). He was also known as the "Five Foot Assassin" and "The Five Footer", because he stood at 5 feet 3 inches. Phife Dawg was the backbone of A Tribe Called Quest and the one with the aggressive lyrics. The group’s debut album, The People’s Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm, was released in 1990 and earned a gold plaque.

Phife Dawg's contributions to A Tribe Called Quest increased on their second album, 1991's The Low End Theory, which saw Phife—often referring to himself as "the Five Foot Assassin"—rapping about social and political issues; the record has since been acclaimed by critics and fellow musicians. The group released three further albums throughout the decade—Midnight Marauders in 1993, Beats, Rhymes and Life in 1996, and The Love Movement in 1998—before disbanding as a result of conflict both with their record label and between members.


Phife has been described as having a "self-deprecating swagger", and his work with A Tribe Called Quest helped to challenge the "macho posturing" of rap and hip-hop music during the late 1980s and early 1990s.Phife's work has been cited as an influence on Kanye West, Jill Scott, The Roots and Common, while the 1991 album The Low End Theory is considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums released.

R.I.P. Phife!!!

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