Phife Dawg of “A Tribe Called Quest”, died at 45 on Tuesday March 22nd. Phife struggled with health issues for years. He suffered, from Type 1 Diabetes since 1990 and underwent a kidney transplant in 2008.
Phife Dawg co-founded the group, “A Tribe Called Quest” in 1985 with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. They were known for songs such as “Scenario”, “Can I Kick It”, “Award Tour” and much more!
News of Phifes’ death surfaced via Twitter early Wednesday and many didn’t believe it at first. As it became clear that it was actual fact, artist such as:
D.J. Chuck Chillout Posted: “I just don’t understand people comments today is a sad day in Hip Hop”.
Quest Love from “The Roots” shared that “Scenario” inspired him musically. Quest Posted: “I swear to God that was the moment I knew I wanted to make this type of music when I grew up”.
Chuck D. Posted: “Rest In Beats Phife ATCQ Forever”.
Kendrick Lamar who recently begin touring in Australia this week, led an audience in a Phife Dawg chant. Kendrick told the audience,”We lost one of the pioneers in HipHop today, by the name of Phife Dawg. So, right about now were going to give it up for him! For allowing me to do what I’m doing on this stage, right here, right now!”
As, of Wednesday March 23rd Q-Tip has not made a statement. Some questioned, whether it was because of the state of their shaky relationship since the group broke up in 1998. Many may remember the documentary, called “Beats, Rhymes & Life:The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest”. Both Phife and Q-Tip were very vocal about their troubles and Phife was very honest about his feelings viewing Q-Tip as a selfish sort of person in some ways. Jealousy and other feelings came into play as Phifes’ health issues surfaced in the film. The film is epic in the History of HipHop. It is definitely, A Must See!!!
R.I.P Phife Dawg
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