Celebrating Phife Dawg on a one-year anniversary of his death

He wasn’t your normal MC with a Joe Schmoe flow.

To a contrary, Phife Dawg was one of a many gifted and successful rappers to ever squeeze a microphone and let his difference rip.

The rapper, innate Malik Taylor, died on Mar 22, 2016 from complications relating to diabetes. He was 45.

Phife is best remembered as one-fourth of A Tribe Called Quest, a game-changing hip-hop organisation stoical of Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White.

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In a genre dominated by posturing and hyperbolic masculinity, Phife came opposite by his rhymes as relatable and real.

He frequently bragged about being a “Five Foot Assassin,” a curtsy to his brief stature, and referred to himself as a “funky diabetic.”

A Tribe Called Quest shaped in Queens, N.Y., in 1985 when Phife was 15 years old. They would recover 5 albums as a organisation between 1990 and 1998.

As core members of a Native Tongues, a hip-hop common that valued jazz-influenced beats and positive, Afrocentric lyrics, Tribe heavily shabby a artistic instruction of hip-hop during a pivotal impulse in a genre’s history.

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What ATCQ brought to a list was an importance on alertness and song with a message. This stood in sheer contrariety to gangsta rap, that relied on bragging and over-the-top depictions of violence.

When listening to Phife’s bars on classics like “Scenario,” “Bonita Applebum” or “Oh My God,” he doesn’t come opposite a erect or a caricature.

His high-pitched, brisk smoothness provides a ideal element to Q-Tip’s some-more laid-back flow.

Their back-and-forth synergy and constrained energetic catapulted Tribe from a Queens organisation to general superstars.

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A Tribe Called Quest in 2005. From left are Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White and Q-Tip.

A Tribe Called Quest in 2005. From left are Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White and Q-Tip.


Phife Dawg is not usually hugely successful when it comes to a growth of hip-hop’s sound, though also to destiny MCs and artists.

Chance a Rapper called Phife a “true legend.”

Kendrick Lamar called him a “pioneer.”

Killer Mike called him “a consistent inspiration.”

“Tribe done Kanye West,” West pronounced during Phife’s commemorative service. “Made a child with a pinkish Polo. Made it so we could dress funny.”

The list goes on and on and on.

And we haven’t listened a final of Phife Dawg yet.

It was announced in Feb that Phife’s second solo studio album, posthumously patrician “Forever,” will shortly be released.

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