Rest In Power: Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest
Okayplayer is reporting the passing of Phife Dawg, legendary MC of the legendary NYC hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Born Malik Taylor, Phife was known for his clever, funny (sometimes ribald) lyrics and impressive collection of sports gear. Together with fellow MC Q-Tip and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad, he put out some of smartest, most fun music of the ’90s. The most positive, too.
I found this video on YouTube of Tribe with The Roots circa 1995, just freestyling on Hartford hip-hop TV show Lorna’s Corner. That’s Phife in the Yankees gear, name-dropping the Spectrum and giving a quick, inspirational last word.