“Here’s a funky introduction of how nice I am. Tell your mother, tell your father, send a telegram.”
Today we are hearing that we have lost a founding member of the iconic Hip-Hop duo A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg. The news first came from DJ Chuck Chillout reporting his passing on twitter this morning. This came as a shock, most people knew he was battling with diabetes in the late years, and we know he had a kidney removed. It was even a focus within the 2011 documentary “Beats Rhyme & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.
The Hip Hop community has been pouring out love with post, tweets and dedications. From 9th Wonder, Mac Miller, Questlove, DJ Clue and many other Artist, DJs and celebs. The person we have yet to hear from or hasn’t gone public with his condolences is the other half of the dynamic duo, Q-Tip. We all knew there was a split within the group, but over the years and with a lot of heart to hearts and egos being put to the side, the two brothers from Linden Blvd had reconciled and they even went on tour. Hopefully we will hear word from the Abstract. He is a regular jockey on Beats One Radio from Apple, and he’s been rather silent on social media, but this was one of his best friends. They have been thru many ups and down together.
Phife Dawg, born Malik Taylor leaves us at the age of 45. This really hits home for me because the Tribe was one of the first sounds of Hip Hop I was introduced to. Hearing Phife and Q-tip blasting from my older brother’s speakers. It takes me back every time I hear the intro beats of “Check The Rhime”. The landscape of classic Hip Hop won’t be the same without him, and now we’ll say our REST IN PEACE Phife!