It’s with a heavy heart to report that legendary Tribe Called Quest member Malik Isaac Taylor aka Phife Dawg has passed away. The Queens, NY rapper alongside classmates Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Q-Tip formed one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time in A Tribe Called Quest. Phife was also a member of the iconic hip hop collective Native Tongues alongside Jungle Brothers and De La Soul.
The cause of death has not yet but released, but it is known that he has Type 1 Diabetes and received a kidney transplant in 2008.
Phife Dawg was 45.