Respect The Trini-Gladiator: 15 Stories To Celebrate Phife Dawg's Legacy
Phife Dawg was always an above-average MC with all the traits that make one shine in the ultra-competitive sport known as hip-hop: charisma, wittiness, style and substance.
Damn, we miss you, brother.
March 22, 2017 marks the first year anniversary passing of one of the most talented and influential rappers to ever grab a microphone. Born Malik Taylor, the 45-year-old, five-foot lyrical assassin, died from complications relating to diabetes. As one-fourth of the equally legendary group, A Tribe Called Quest, Phife, along with Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White influenced a host of hip-hop figures such as André 3000, Kanye West and new stars such as Kaytranada and Maségo.
With his down-to-earth personality, Phife rhymes were filled with realness and knowledge. An unbridled passion for culture, consciousness and cool — Phife directly impacted the creative direction of hip-hop that continues to this day. From classic bars on songs such as “Scenario,” or “Black Spasmodic” from We Got It from Here… Thank You For Your Service — Phife’s straight-to-the-point, always-with-it delivery complimented the Abstract’s more casual, frenetic flow.
As we pour out our best for the Trini Gladiator, anti-hesitator, please relive these stories from friends (Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip), fans (“Dear Tribe”) and bump choice cuts directly from Phife’s discography.