Today we lose another member of the Classic Hip Hop family. Phife Dawg, one of the most influential emcees, a member of the Native Tongues and the group A Tribe Called Quest, has died.
Malik Isaac Taylor was 45 years old. The “Five-Foot Assassin” has been battling Type-I diabetes, which he developed in 1990.
The sad news was posted by DJ Chuck Chillout on Twitter just after 1 a.m. eastern time this morning (March 23).
The news of his death was also confirmed by several veteran Hip Hop artists, including Aesop Rock, Chuck D and El-P, who have taken to social media to express their condolences, as well.
RIP to the one and only Phife Dawg. Very sad. pic.twitter.com/NSyNAsWjzj
— Aesop Rock (@AesopRockWins) March 23, 2016
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
No details surrounding his exact cause of death have yet been reveled. We will update you as this story continues to develop.