As members of the music community awake on Wednesday, they’re being greeted with the saddening news that Phife Dawg of the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest has passed away overnight at the young age of 45. Along with Q-Tip, Ali and Jarobi, the five-foot assassin blessed many hip-hop fans with his recitable bars and witty one-liners during the ’90s golden age, and helped father many of today’s MCs who represent everyday kids.
Needless to say, Phife’s untimely passing is sending shockwaves through the hip-hop world. Many ATCQ fans are taking to social media to pay tribute and express their disbelief over the passing of the influential funky diabetic.
Naturally, rhymers and fans of the culture from all walks of life held Phife in high regard. Chuck D described the New York-born MC as “a true fire social narrator” while producer and college professor 9th Wonder wrote, “Man…Tribe is my everything…..everything.” Safe to say 9th’s words describe what many are feeling right now.