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    Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:07:27

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    A Tribe Called Quest legendary emcee, Phife Dawg, has died at age 45, Rolling Stone reports. Phife Dawg, whose real name is Malik Isaac Taylor, passed away Wednesday morning. Taylor had a history of health issues. He had been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 20, and in 2008 he underwent a kidney transplant.

    Malik Taylor grew up in Queens and befriended future bandmate Q-Tip at an early age. The trio was completed with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and A Tribe Called Quest were formed in 1988.

    Phife Dawg leaves behind him a remarkable legacy for his deft rapping in A Tribe Called Quest; one of the most influential musical acts to emerge in the 90’s. A Tribe Called Quest are revered as innovators in style and content and are often counted among the all-time greats. They’re credited with bringing the rich fusion of jazz and hip hop to the fore of rap, as well as emphasizing positivity. A Tribe Called Quest doubtlessly produced some of the best music of the 90’s with landmark records such as The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders.

    Phife released one solo album, 2000’s Ventilation: Da LP. He loved sports, and frequently wove references into his verses. Phife Dawg was a beloved voice in the hip hop community, and many artists and New York City cultural institutions have posted tributes on social media this morning.




    Phife forever 1970-2016. 1991 in Sept I went to visit Tariq at Millersville U in the middle of PA (Lancaster). Miles Davis had just passed & I went on a binge to study his post jazz works. Went to Sound Of Market to purchase Nefertiti, In A Silent Way & Live Evil---the only non jazz purchase I made that day ironically was the most jazziest album in that collection: #TheLowEndTheory by @ATCQ. ---it was raining that day so somehow the 1...2 punch of "Nefertiti"/"Fall" just had me in a trance that train trip---even though I suspected there was a possibility that Tribe could possibly have made a better album then their debut (the perfect @@@@@ mic Source rating would be on stands in a week so I was right)---but I knew I wanted to save that listening for when I got up to the campus w Riq.---so some 90mins later when I get to his dorm--we ripped that bad boy open (I can't describe the frustration that was CD packaging in 1991, just imagine the anger that environmentalists feel when all that paper packaging in Beats headphone gets wasted---it's like that)---the sign of a true classic is when a life memory is burnt in your head because of the first time you hear a song. ---Riq & I had this moment a few times, but the look on our faces when we 1st heard "Buggin Out" was prolly Me & Tariq's greatest "rewind selector!" moment in our friendship. (Back then every MC's goal was to have that "rewind!!!" moment. As in to say something so incredible. Or to catch you by surprise that it makes you go "DAAAAAYUM!!!"& you listen over & over---Malik "Phife" Taylor's verse was such a gauntlet/flag planting moment in hip hop. Every hip hop head was just...stunned HE. CAME. FOR. BLOOD & was taking NO prisoners on this album (or ever again) we just kept looking at the speaker on some disbelief old timey radio Suspense episode. & also at each other "Phife is KILLIN!"--by the time we got to "Scenario" I swear to god THAT was the moment I knew I wanted to make THIS type of music when I grew up--(yeah yeah dad I know: "go to Juilliard or Curtis to make a nice living at "real music") but he didn't know that Phife & his crew already wrote my destiny. I ain't look back since. THANK YOU PHIFE!

    A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on


    Me watching the big bros Bussa Buss and Phife speak, and just nodding and taking mental notes. True legends. #RIPPHIFE AYO BO KNOWS THIS & BO KNOWS THAT BUT BO DONT KNOW JACK CAUSE BO CANT RAP well what do you know

    A photo posted by Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) on


    I wanted to hang out with these guys so bad as a teenager. Now I count them among my friends. #RIPPHIFE we love you

    A photo posted by Talib Kweli (@talibkweli) on







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