Phife Dawg, Founding Member Of A Tribe Called Quest, Dies Aged 45

Phife Dawg - Founding Member Of A Tribe Called Quest, dies aged 45.

Phife Dawg, a founding member of the rap group A Tribe Called Quest, died yesterday (March 22nd) aged 45.

According to reports, the rap artist (real name Malik Taylor), had been battling ill-health for some years.  The cause of this death is still unannounced, but it is known that he suffered from type 1 diabetes and had received a kidney transplant in 2008.

The American hip hop group was first formed in 1985 by Phife and his high school classmate Q-Tip, MC/producer of the group. Later, the group expanded with the addition of DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad and rapper Jarobi White.

Around 1998, the group went separate ways and disbanded, but came to together in January this year to celebrate their 25th anniversary.  Ultimately, A Tribe Called Quest produced five studio albums, all of which Phife was present on.  The most widely-known albums were The Low End Theory (1991), and Midnight Marauders (1993), both lauded as masterpieces by rap critics.

A number of artists and members of the music industry have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the iconic hip hop artist and his contribution to the genre.  DJ Chuck Chillout kickstarted the tributes.

 

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Phife Dawg - Founding Member Of A Tribe Called Quest, Dies Aged 45.

Phife Dawg - Founding Member Of A Tribe Called Quest, Dies Aged 45.

The group have yet to comment on Phife Dawg’s death.

 

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3 Responses

  1. A7

    RIP Phife. will never forget when i first heard your music as it was so original and amazing

    cmon, where is the DMN community to pay their respects?

    Reply
  2. Rick P

    I wish A7. Paul wouldn’t even have covered this. Remember, if he wrote the article it likely would have read, According to reports, the African American rap artist….

    As we heard from him yesterday, he likes to report with the accuracy of people’s race.

    Reply

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