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Official Statement From A Tribe Called Quest On The Death Of Phife Dawg

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Malik I. Taylor a.k.a Phife Dawg The 5 ft. Assassin, who’s clever rhymes helped to launch hip-hop legendary group, A Tribe Called Quest, to both commercial and critical success has passed away at the age of 45 due to complications from diabetes. The rapper had health issues for years and even underwent a kidney transplant in 2008. It is sad to know that yet another icon of hip-hop is gone. ATCQ has released a statement in regards to the news:

Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting. It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed. The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy… until he heeded his fathers call.

We love his family his mother, his father, his son, his wife, his nieces, his family here in New York, Atlanta, California and Trinidad.
Thank you for the outpouring of prayers and support from the fans, fellow artists, music outlets, blogs, radio stations, DJ’s, social media and the music community at large. This too is part of his joy and means a lot to him. His family is overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and are thankful. His music and what he’s contributed is seismic and hard to measure. He’s affected us as much as he’s affected all of you. We’re inspired by his daily joy and courage. He wasn’t in pain. He was happy.
We take comfort in knowing he will be beside his grandmother.”
RIP Phife Dawg. Below you can watch his video for “Dear Dilla” and A Tribe Called Quest’s popular, “Can I Kick It?”.

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