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.
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.
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Phife Dawg Through The Years
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.Source:Getty 1 of 15
2. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest perform as part of Lollapalooza 1994 at Shoreline Amphitheatre.Source:Getty 2 of 15
3. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest during Rock the Bells Concert - August 6, 2006 at Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, California.Source:Getty 3 of 15
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.Source:Getty 4 of 15
5. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest perform during the 7th Annual Rock The Bells festival on Governors Island.Source:Getty 5 of 15
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.Source:Getty 6 of 15
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.Source:Getty 7 of 15
8. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest visits the Tribeca Film Festival 2011 portrait studio on April 27, 2011.Source:Getty 8 of 15
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.Source:Getty 9 of 15
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.Source:Getty 10 of 15
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.Source:Getty 11 of 15
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.Source:Getty 12 of 15
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.Source:Getty 13 of 15
14. Phife Dawg performs for the #BigTicket showcase at Tattoo on February 6, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.Source:Getty 14 of 15
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.Source:Getty 15 of 15
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