Another loss for the music industry.
On Tuesday, it was reported that rapper Phife Dawg had tragically passed away. He was 45 years old.
The Can I Kick It artist was best known for being a member of the iconic rap group A Tribe Called Quest. Unfortunately, it’s been said that the industry vet had struggled with his health for years as he suffered from type 1 diabetes.
In fact, Phife (whose real name was Malik Isaac Taylor) even had a kidney transplant back in 2008. So sad!
Alongside Q-Tip and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife was a MAJOR pioneer for hip hop. The ATCQ member’s presence in the music scene will greatly will be missed.
Check out their reactions (below).
Phife forever 1970-2016. 1991 in Sept I went to visit Tariq at Millersville U in the middle of PA (Lancaster). Miles Davis had just passed & I went on a binge to study his post jazz works. Went to Sound Of Market to purchase Nefertiti, In A Silent Way & Live Evil—the only non jazz purchase I made that day ironically was the most jazziest album in that collection: #TheLowEndTheory by @ATCQ. —it was raining that day so somehow the 1…2 punch of “Nefertiti”/”Fall” just had me in a trance that train trip—even though I suspected there was a possibility that Tribe could possibly have made a better album then their debut (the perfect @@@@@ mic Source rating would be on stands in a week so I was right)—but I knew I wanted to save that listening for when I got up to the campus w Riq.—so some 90mins later when I get to his dorm–we ripped that bad boy open (I can’t describe the frustration that was CD packaging in 1991, just imagine the anger that environmentalists feel when all that paper packaging in Beats headphone gets wasted—it’s like that)—the sign of a true classic is when a life memory is burnt in your head because of the first time you hear a song. —Riq & I had this moment a few times, but the look on our faces when we 1st heard “Buggin Out” was prolly Me & Tariq’s greatest “rewind selector!” moment in our friendship. (Back then every MC’s goal was to have that “rewind!!!” moment. As in to say something so incredible. Or to catch you by surprise that it makes you go “DAAAAAYUM!!!”& you listen over & over—Malik “Phife” Taylor’s verse was such a gauntlet/flag planting moment in hip hop. Every hip hop head was just…stunned HE. CAME. FOR. BLOOD & was taking NO prisoners on this album (or ever again) we just kept looking at the speaker on some disbelief old timey radio Suspense episode. & also at each other “Phife is KILLIN!”–by the time we got to “Scenario” I swear to god THAT was the moment I knew I wanted to make THIS type of music when I grew up–(yeah yeah dad I know: “go to Juilliard or Curtis to make a nice living at “real music”) but he didn’t know that Phife & his crew already wrote my destiny. I ain’t look back since. THANK YOU PHIFE!A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Mar 23, 2016 at 1:49am PDT
A pioneer of hip hop has left us. Rest in peace, Phife├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) March 23, 2016
Phife was not only one of the most influential people in hip hop, but he was also one of the nicest & most kindest guys in hip hop. Man. RIP
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ solange knowles (@solangeknowles) March 23, 2016
Hip-hop is living, can’t yank the plug
if you do the result, will end up kind of bugged
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Rob da Bank (@RobdaBank) March 23, 2016
Nooooooooo RIP Phife. I heard they just got a deal and was coming back. Yo that’s soooo weak man!!!! They was posed to be on our album
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ PRICE (@BOWprice) March 23, 2016
Our thoughts are with Phife’s loved ones during this trying time.
[Image via Juddy Eddy/WENN.]