For The Monumental Phife Dawg, Malik Izaak Taylor, R.I.P.

It’s been a difficult stretch from 2015 to 2016 with losses of the mammoth artists, performers and creators of magic, like Ornette Coleman, Ettore Scola, Christopher Lee, Melissa Mathison, Natalie Cole, Alan Rickman, Patty Duke, Harper Lee, David Bowie, Lemmy Kilmister and on April 21st, Prince.

FILE - In this July 14, 2013 file photo, Q-Tip, left, and Phife Dawg from U.S group A Tribe Called Quest performs on stage during the Wireless Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London. Dawg, a masterful lyricist whose witty wordplay was a linchpin of the groundbreaking hip-hop group, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016, from complications resulting from diabetes, his family said in a statement Wednesday. He was 45. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)
Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File

Q-Tip with Malik Izaak Taylor, aka Phife Dawg who has passed away.





FILE - This March 14, 1963 file photo shows Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "To kill a Mockingbird." Publisher Harper announced Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, that "Go Set a Watchman," a novel Lee completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. It will be her second published book. (AP Photo, File)

However Phife Dawg, Malik Izaak Taylor was part of our hip hop experience of the 1980’s & 1990’s, the real glory days. I wouldn’t got to the length to say that hip hop has since died but it definitely has a whole different character. Before hard postering, the Dirty South and the Trap, there was The Native Tongues, of which The Jungle Brothers, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest were a part. A Tribe Called Quest used the jazz sample in a way that no other group could touch, as well as slamming exchange between three landmark MCs.

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A Tribe Called Quest consisted of members Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White and Phife Dawg, until his untimely death due to complications of diabetes on March 22, 2016 at age 45.

Enjoy this video that all though is not an official music video for this track, Lyrics to Go. It contains an intro featuring the late Minnie Riperton’s track Inside My Love, which is sampled for the ATCQ track. The gallery has images of these stars that will be sorely missed.


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