Hip-hop is reeling over the death of legendary emcee,
from Phife Dawg . News broke this morning that A Tribe Called Quest Phife had passed away from complications with diabetes. Phife’s health issues were well- documented, as he was sidelined with a surgery in 2008. Twitter was overcome with grief as many shared stories of their fan-hood and favorite punchlines from the self-proclaimed “five-foot assassin.” In honor of his passing, we here at Global Grind thought it fitting to turn this edition of the late night round-up into a dedication to all things Phife Dawg. Rest in freedom, Phife. You will be sorely missed.
Noah Callahan-Bever at Complex wrote a fantastic piece on how Phife’s music impacted his life.
had a Talib Kweli similarly awesome tribute over at Billboard.
Various artists from
, to Questlove , to Kendrick Lamar , and more, Chance the Rapper weigh in on the . Phife’s passing
Greg Whitt over at The Smoking Section penned a beautiful narrative of his interview of Phife when Greg was just a teenager.
SOURCE: The Smoking Section
Jason Tanz of The Wired shows off his ATCQ knowledge by digging deep and conjuring up some of Phife’s “ forgotten masterpieces.”
SOURCE: The Wired
As people continue to mourn the loss of a hip-hop great, A Tribe Called Quest has release a statement regarding the untimely passing of Phife. “
Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting,” the passage opens. Read the rest over on Q-Tip’s Facebook page.
PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
Phife Dawg Through The Years
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1. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest perform as part of the Smokin Grooves Tour at Shoreline Amphitheatre on September 1, 1996.
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2. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest perform as part of Lollapalooza 1994 at Shoreline Amphitheatre.
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3. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest during Rock the Bells Concert - August 6, 2006 at Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, California.
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4. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest performs as part of Rock the Bells 2010 at Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 22, 2010 in Mountain View, California.
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5. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest perform during the 7th Annual Rock The Bells festival on Governors Island.
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6. Phife at the 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest' Premiere at the Temple Theater during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2011 in Park City, Utah.
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7. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest attends SPiN Decision Makers Panel With Hype Williams presented by Bing on January 23, 2011 in Park City, Utah.
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8. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest visits the Tribeca Film Festival 2011 portrait studio on April 27, 2011.
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9. Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White attend the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest' After Party on June 24, 2011.
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10. Phife Dawg and Q-Tip perform onstage at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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11. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest perform on the main stage on day 3 of the Yahoo! Wireless Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 14, 2013 in London.
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12. Phife of A Tribe Called Quest performs at 2013 H2O Music Festival at Los Angeles Historical Park on August 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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13. Phife Dawg and Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest perform at Univision Radio's H2O music festival at Los Angeles state historic park on August 17, 2013.
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14. Phife Dawg performs for the #BigTicket showcase at Tattoo on February 6, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.
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15. Phife Dawg and Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest perform during Hot 97's 'Busta Rhymes And Friends: Hot For The Holidays' concert at Prudential Center on December 5, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey.
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Rest In Peace, Phife Dawg
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