According to multiple news sources and social media accounts, A Tribe Called Quest’s MC Phife Dawg has passed away at age 45. Reports have been vague, but Phife has long dealt with type 1 Diabetes and underwent a kidney transplant in ’08.
I spent countless hours as a young man studying and reciting Phife and Tip’s rhymes in my shared bedroom in our tiny one floor home in the early 90’s. There was such honesty and humor packed into his verses. Phife’s clever outlook and massive hubris always appealed to us underdogs, and probably always will. The five foot assassin’s legacy is undeniable and will live on through his beats, rhymes, and life.