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A Tribe Called Quest’s Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Passes Away At Age 45

A Tribe Called Quest’s Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Passes Away At Age 45

New York City Co-Names Street After Phife Dawg Of A Tribe Called Quest
Photo Credit: Shayan Asgharnia for Okayplayer

Phife forever 1970-2016. 1991 in Sept I went to visit Tariq at Millersville U in the middle of… https://t.co/WvCdoW71Hn

— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) March 23, 2016

It was my first time in New York City. I was there for the New Music Seminar circa 1990 walking the streets of NYC, this Chicago boy who had only seen NYC through the words of Hip Hop and was overwhelmed to be there. Our second day of the seminar we saw Phife, Jarobi and some of their friends walking in Times Square. I couldn’t believe that it was really A Tribe called Quest right there! And that Phife and Jarobi were wearing these backpacks looking so cool – and fresh! The word around the seminar was that they were working on their second albumn. That Album would be Low End Theory, one of the greatest pieces of music ever made and an album that would forever change my life. I remember listening to the Low End for the 1st time at my boy Corey’s house down at FAMU, thinking, how could they create something this Great? It was that music that would take you to a place where you couldn’t describe to anyone how Great it was and hearing Phife’s bars on there was like, damn dude is not playing. It definitely brought into perspective that to be one of the greatest groups of All Time — not just in Hip Hop– each member has to Bring It! Phife Brought It and continued to Bring It. Throughout his career you could feel his love for Hip Hop and emceeing. Well, from one emcee to another, Phife Diiidawg you are a legend and a part of Hip Hop’s version of Earth Wind and Fire. Your verses will live on forever and we will uphold your legacy and what you have meant to the culture. “I float like gravity never had a cavity, got more rhymes than the Wayan’s ( I never knew if it was Wayans or Winans haha) got family”. GOD Bless Your Soul, King. Malik”Phife” Taylor.

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