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Hip-hop is reeling over the death of legendary emcee,  Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest. News broke this morning that 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.

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First up, Noah Callahan-Bever at Complex wrote a fantastic piece on how Phife’s music impacted his life.

SOURCE: Complex

Talib Kweli had a similarly awesome tribute over at Billboard.

SOURCE: Billboard

Various artists from Questlove, to Kendrick Lamar, to Chance the Rapper, and more, weigh in on the Phife’s passing.

SOURCE: Pitchfork

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’sforgotten 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.

SOURCE: Facebook


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