Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Phife Dawg - RIP

Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor has died from complications from diabetes. He was 45 years old.

One of the lead mcs of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest, Phife's simple but impressive wordplay and easy-to-relate demeanor made him one of the most lovable rappers in the golden age of hip-hop. "The Five Footer", who kicked the mad style so you better step off the frankfurter, helped make albums like The Low End Theory utter masterpieces and made songs like "Can I Kick It?" and "Check The Rhime" pure gold. In my daily life, especially when testing audio, I routinely love to shout out his famous intro to the song "Buggin' Out": "Yo! Microphone check, 1, 2, what is this?!"

His life was best chronicled in the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, which sadly showcased his struggles with diabetes and his refusal to give up sugar.

He will be missed.

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