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R.I.P. to Phife Dawg

by James Hill

March 23, 2016

We have lost a legend. Thank you for being one of the best to ever do it #PhifeDawg. #RIP A Tribe Called Quest

Posted by Unsung on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

After last night, hip hop can never be the same. Malik Isaac Taylor, better known as Phife Dawg, was one-third (or one-fourth) of the pioneering rap group A Tribe Called Quest, died Thursday night of undetermined causes.

Having long fought diabetes, and even his partner-in-rhyme Q-Tip in some public spats, Phife was an indispensable part of the group, which most recently made a triumphant appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show.

Known for stealing the show on cuts like “Butter,” “Vibes and Stuff” and “Electric Relaxation,” Phife always brought versatile, sports-laced lyrics that had you rewinding the tape (yes, the tape) to make sure you caught it all. He will be missed.

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