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Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest Passes Away at 45

Today, the hip hop community is mourning the loss of rapper, Phife Dawg, a member of the legendary group, A Tribe Called Quest.

News of the 45-year-old’s death began streaming out on social media in the early morning hours, with many tweeting their condolences.

Born Malik Taylor, the cause of death remains unknown but Phife was suffering from health issues these past few years including a kidney transplant in 2008 to treat his Type 1 Diabetes.

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Formed in the late 1980s, A Tribe Called Quest became one of the most respected rap trios due to putting their conscious rhymes over hip hop beats infused with jazz.

They released five studio albums and broke up several times throughout the years, but reunited to perform shows together.

This past November, the group re-released their debut album in celebration of their 25th anniversary and performed “Can I Kick It?” on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, which was the last time they were all on stage together.

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.