The Hip-hop community has lost another great. Phife Dawg, member of the iconic rap group A Tribe Called Quest, has reportedly passed away. DJ/producer pioneer Chuck Chillout announced the news on Twitter early Wednesday morning (Mar. 23), followed by DJ/producer Statik Selektah later confirming the news.
A native of Queens, New York, Phife Dawg (born Malik Isaac Taylor) is a well-known diabetic, getting a kidney transplant in 2008. Also known as the “Five Foot Assassin,” it appears the type 1 diabetes Phife was first diagnosed with in May of 1990, was too much to overcome.
Last November on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Phife and A Tribe Called Quest reunited for their first television appearance in over 15 years, performing their “Can I Kick It?” classic. The moment was in celebration of the 25th anniversary of ATCQ’s People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm debut album.