Artists have been showing their love for Phife following news of his death.
The hip-hop community is in mourning following news of Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest's death early this morning. The rapper passed away due to complications resulting from Diabetes. He was 45 years old.
In the hours following the reports, many artists have shared tributes to the late rapper on social media, many of which praising him for paving the way for their own careers. Questlove, Mac Miller, Chuck D, Chance The Rapper, Nicki Minaj, and Talib Kweli are among the rappers who have shared their thoughts on Twitter and Instagram today, while Kendrick Lamar asked fans at his show to give it up for the legendary emcee.
View a collection of posts dedicated to Phife below. We'll be updating throughout the day.
King Kendrick Lamar pays tribute to the late Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called QuestPosted by Matt and Alex on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Phife forever 1970-2016. 1991 in Sept I went to visit Tariq at Millersville U in the middle of PA (Lancaster). Miles Davis had just passed & I went on a binge to study his post jazz works. Went to Sound Of Market to purchase Nefertiti, In A Silent Way & Live Evil---the only non jazz purchase I made that day ironically was the most jazziest album in that collection: #TheLowEndTheory by @ATCQ. ---it was raining that day so somehow the 1...2 punch of "Nefertiti"/"Fall" just had me in a trance that train trip---even though I suspected there was a possibility that Tribe could possibly have made a better album then their debut (the perfect @@@@@ mic Source rating would be on stands in a week so I was right)---but I knew I wanted to save that listening for when I got up to the campus w Riq.---so some 90mins later when I get to his dorm--we ripped that bad boy open (I can't describe the frustration that was CD packaging in 1991, just imagine the anger that environmentalists feel when all that paper packaging in Beats headphone gets wasted---it's like that)---the sign of a true classic is when a life memory is burnt in your head because of the first time you hear a song. ---Riq & I had this moment a few times, but the look on our faces when we 1st heard "Buggin Out" was prolly Me & Tariq's greatest "rewind selector!" moment in our friendship. (Back then every MC's goal was to have that "rewind!!!" moment. As in to say something so incredible. Or to catch you by surprise that it makes you go "DAAAAAYUM!!!"& you listen over & over---Malik "Phife" Taylor's verse was such a gauntlet/flag planting moment in hip hop. Every hip hop head was just...stunned HE. CAME. FOR. BLOOD & was taking NO prisoners on this album (or ever again) we just kept looking at the speaker on some disbelief old timey radio Suspense episode. & also at each other "Phife is KILLIN!"--by the time we got to "Scenario" I swear to god THAT was the moment I knew I wanted to make THIS type of music when I grew up--(yeah yeah dad I know: "go to Juilliard or Curtis to make a nice living at "real music") but he didn't know that Phife & his crew already wrote my destiny. I ain't look back since. THANK YOU PHIFE!
It was my first time in New York City. I was there for the New Music Seminar circa 1990 walking the streets of NYC, this Chicago boy who had only seen NYC through the words of Hip Hop and was overwhelmed to be there. Our second day of the seminar we saw Phife, Jarobi and some of their friends walking in Times Square. I couldn't believe that it was really A Tribe called Quest right there! And that Phife and Jarobi were wearing these backpacks looking so cool - and fresh! The word around the seminar was that they were working on their second albumn. That Album would be Low End Theory, one of the greatest pieces of music ever made and an album that would forever change my life. I remember listening to the Low End for the 1st time at my boy Corey's house down at FAMU, thinking, how could they create something this Great? It was that music that would take you to a place where you couldn't describe to anyone how Great it was and hearing Phife's bars on there was like, damn dude is not playing. It definitely brought into perspective that to be one of the greatest groups of All Time -- not just in Hip Hop-- each member has to Bring It! Phife Brought It and continued to Bring It. Throughout his career you could feel his love for Hip Hop and emceeing. Well, from one emcee to another, Phife Diiidawg you are a legend and a part of Hip Hop's version of Earth Wind and Fire. Your verses will live on forever and we will uphold your legacy and what you have meant to the culture. "I float like gravity never had a cavity, got more rhymes than the Wayan's ( I never knew if it was Wayans or Winans haha) got family". GOD Bless Your Soul, King. Malik"Phife" Taylor.
Phife-HipHop & Rap word Warrior, simple as that.Breathed it & lined rhyme into Sport.A true fire Social Narrator my bro #RIBeats ATCQforever— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 23, 2016
REST IN PEACE TO THE INCREDIBLE PHIFE DAWG— el-p (@therealelp) March 23, 2016
RIP PHIFE. DRINKING A DR PEPPER FOR U RIGHT NOW. pic.twitter.com/ClSNcuLR9P— Mac (@MacMiller) March 23, 2016
the real ones know. RIP. pic.twitter.com/ojYD7bMnMC— Mac (@MacMiller) March 23, 2016
One of the most influential rappers on me and hip hop period! Rest In Peace Phife Dawg and thank you for the legacy you leave behind.— ℒσgic♫ アキラ (@Logic301) March 23, 2016
So fucked up to keep hearing sad news about our comrades in our culture...— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) March 23, 2016
R.I.P. PHIFE DAWG... #ATCQ LOVE TO TIP, ALI AND JAROBI...
😢— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) March 23, 2016
Refuse to believe this.
Phife Dawg made some of the most beloved hip hop ever. It's so sad that he's gone. I'd have gone to every reunion show till the end of time.— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) March 23, 2016
Phife!— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) March 23, 2016