Tirhakah Love (@GoonTherapy)
The Queens rapper of the legendary A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ) faction passed last night. Phife (Malik Taylor) was 45 years old.
There aren’t too many hip-hoppers who will be more straight with you than Phife Dawg. A high priest in the boom bap’tist church. Phife Dawg wasn’t over five foot three but spittin’ bar for bar, most rappers are David to his Goliath. It’s not fair. Phife could dissemble down beats with sharpshooter precision and mack on your girl with lines that are blush-inducing til this day.
There’s not much we can say, honestly. Phife made rappers feel irresponsible with their word economy. Every line, syllable, verse, mattered; whether to taunt, to mack, to flaunt, or to enlighten. But we’ll let him speak for himself:
Phife Dawg – His Name is Mutty Ranks
A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
Phife Dawg – Dear Dilla