Earlier today, we received the tragic news that Phife Dawg, a beloved founder of the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, has passed away.

Due to health issues, Malik Isaac Taylor was pronounced dead last night. Specific information regarding this tragic event has yet to be released, but his family has come forth and given a statement to the public:

“We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes.

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.”

Dion Liverpool, his manager adds, “While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people’s ears across the world. Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva.”

As we mourn together, let us take this time to reflect. In 1985, Phife Dawg started what became one of the most influential hip-hop groups to ever make music. Consisting of Phife, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, and Jarobi White, A Tribe Called Quest produced five timeless studio albums. While he is most known for his group work, Phife released a solo studio album in 2000. Titled,  Ventilation: Da LP, Phife delivered rythmic rhymes over smooth production from famed producer, Hi-Tek.

2016 has been a year for many musical deaths and it is unfortunate that we must add another fallen genius to the list. While he may be gone, Phife Dawg’s legacy will live on. Out of rememberance of him, take a few minutes out of your day and listen to the art he created. Below, we have provided the audio to A Tribe Called Quest’s first album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. Listen and remember today.

You’d be a fool to reply that Phife is not the man
‘Cause you know and I know that you know who I am”

-Malik Isaac Taylor “MC Phife Dawg”



Written by Miles Riddle

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