Respect The Trini-Gladiator: 15 Stories To Celebrate Phife Dawg's Legacy

Respect The Trini-Gladiator: 15 Stories To Celebrate Phife Dawg's Legacy

Beats 1 To Premiere Unheard J-Dilla-Produced Phife Dawg Cut

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-TipAli Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White influenced a host of hip-hop figures such as André 3000Kanye 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.

Hear Phife Dawg’s Smooth New Single “Wanna Dance” ft. Dwele [Premiere]

Dear Tribe: Prince Paul, Monie Love, Maségo + Others Share Letters of Love to ATCQ

New York City Co-Names Street After Phife Dawg Of A Tribe Called Quest

Read The Transcript of A Tribe Called Quest’s Moving Eulogies to Phife Dawg

“Tribe made Kanye West” – Ye’ Reflects On The Impact Of Phife Dawg & ATCQ

From The Heavens: Hear Phife Dawg & J Dilla Connect One Last Time On “Nutshell”

“He is my hero” – Q-Tip Sends Up A Loving Note To The Late Phife Dawg

Busta Rhymes Pens Tribute To Phife Dawg

How Phife Dawg Inspired Q-Tip To First Pick Up The Mic And Brought The Tribe Together

“Our label tried so hard to make us Tribe” – Andre 3000 On The Influence Of Phife & ATCQ

Thank You 4 Your Service: 8 Things We Learned From Q-Tip’s ‘Questlove Supreme’ Interview

The Secret History of A Tribe Called Quest’s Final Album

5 Ways A Tribe Called Quest Broke Hip-Hop’s Golden Age Formula

Here’s How A Tribe Called Quest Redefined Masculinity in Hip-Hop

Watch As A Tribe Called Quest Mural Is Created In Queens

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