We are shocked by the news this morning that A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Dead at 45!!!
Get the details about Malik Taylor, the rapper known as Phife Dawg, who passed away on Wednesday on the flip…
A Tribe Called Quest member, Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg, who rose to both commercial and critical success, died Wednesday at the age of 45!
The shocking news came across our news desk this morning and we are dumbfounded!
CelebNMusic247.com got word via Rolling Stone, who confirmed the rapper’s death, though an official statement has yet to be released.
As for, Phife Dawg’s cause of death has yet to be announced, Taylor had health issues for years, undergoing a kidney transplant in 2008 to deal with a longtime battle with diabetes.
Health problems deterred Taylor from recording much solo material, though the rapper released his only solo album Ventilation: Da LP in 2000. Speaking to Rolling Stone last November, Taylor was tentatively optimistic about both his health and future recording plans.
Taylor said in Beats, Rhymes & Life, Michael Rapaport’s candid 2011 documentary on the group:
“It’s really a sickness…Like straight-up drugs. I’m just addicted to sugar.”
A Tribe Called Quest was a pivotal group that helped to shape the hip hop eras most popular and historical years in the early 90s. There wasn’t a club that didn’t play Tribes music. The trio, Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg aka Phife Diggy, and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad shaped a sound that would become a movement that inspired many artists.
The group has a full catelog of music that will have you jumping, grinding and grooving to hits from 1991’s The Low End Theory and 1993’s Midnight Marauders, 1990’s People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm and 1996’s Beats, Rhymes and Life and their final album The Love Movement in 1998.
Here is just a couple of videos remembering the legendary Phife Dawg and A Tribe Called Quest:
Thank you Phife Diddy for you MC skills and amazing music. You will be missed. RIP Phife Dawg!