Phife Dawg, rapper and co-founder of A Tribe Called Quest, dies at 45

There are reports this morning that Phife Dawg, part of influential hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, has died. The New York-born rapper, whose real name was Malik Isaac Taylor, was 45 years old.

The news was posted by DJ Chuck Chillout on Twitter just after 1 a.m. eastern time Wednesday morning, and music website Bluntiq just tweeted the following: “We’re saddened to report that Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest has passed away. RIP to the legend.” Others, like Aesop Rock, Steve Aoki, and El-P, have chimed in with condolences.

UPDATE 2:31 a.m.: Statik Selektah just tweeted: “Confirmed. rest in peace Phife. Man. I’m out.” Adds Chuck D., a little before 3 a.m.: “Phife-HipHop & Rap word Warrior, simple as that. Breathed it & lined rhyme into Sport. A true fire Social Narrator my bro #RIBeats ATCQforever”

Taylor formed A Tribe Called Quest in 1985 with MC/producer Q-Tip and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The group is considered one of the pioneers of old-school hip-hop.

BY: MICHAEL MAROTTA

Article Soucre: http://www.vanyaland.com/2016/03/23/report-phife-dawg-rapper-and-co-founder-of-a-tribe-called-quest-dies-at-45/

Take a look back at the Phife Dawg Diabetes Awareness Concert

Jay Electronica performs live at the Phife Dawg Diabetes Benefit Concert in Brooklyn
Jay Electronica performs live at the Phife Dawg Diabetes Benefit Concert in Brooklyn
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