RIP Phife Dawg

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Malik Isaac Taylor a.k.a Phife Dawg, one of the legendary members from A Tribe Called Quest, has died. He was only 45-years-old.

He battled with diabetes and renal-related issues for years. He received a kidney transplant in 2008, and even documented his health struggles in a 2011 documentary called “Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.”

Phife and his group mate and longtime friend, Q-Tip, didn’t keep it a secret that their constant battles caused the group to take some time apart. After breaking up in 1993, Phife called Q-Tip a selfish person. But when Phife was in the hospital with failing health, Q-Tip was there to make sure his friend, who he had known since they were 2-years-old, was okay.

Q-Tip has yet to make a statement about Phife’s death.

R.I.P. Phife Dawg.


  1. Oh man Q-Tip has got to be heartbroken…
    God bless you Phife & may you rest in peace. You were apart of a timeless movement never to be forgotten.

  2. Rip to Phife..'Trini gladiator, anti hesitator, Shaheed push the fader from here to Grenada. Mister Energetic, who me sound pathetic? When's the last time you heard a funky diabetic? –oh my god (midnight marauders)

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