A Tribe Called Quest Rapper Phife Dawg Dead at 45

Rapper Phife Dawg, who rose to fame as a member of iconic hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, has died at age 45.

Born Malik Isaac Taylor, Phife had struggled with Type 1 diabetes for several years. In 2008, he received a kidney transplant from his wife, and was on the list to receive another before he passed away.

Just last year, Phife joined A Tribe Called Quest for a performance of their groundbreaking hit, “Can I Kick It?”, on Jimmy Fallon to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the group’s debut. More recently, Phife had been planning to release an album titled Muttymorphosis, which was planned to be an autobiographical record.

A Tribe Called Quest Rapper Phife Dawg Dead at 45


In addition to Muttymorphosis, he had an EP, titled Give Thanks, due out in 2016, even teasing a new song, “Nutshell”. The tragedy of Phife’s loss is that, from all appearances, he still had a lot left to do in hip hop. It’s such a shame to lose him this early. Forty-five is way too young.

Our thoughts go out to Taylor’s family and friends.

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