“Microphone check, one-two, what is this? The five-foot assassin with the roughneck business“ – Phife Dawg (“Buggin’ Out”)
Phife Dawg co-founded the legendary hip-hop group — A Tribe Called Quest alongside Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi. After a few classics, the legendary group completely broke up. Tension flared between Phife and Q-Tip but all of that seemed to be resolved last year when the group reunited on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon‘s stage. The group even spoke about a potential reunion album while promoting the 25th-anniversary release of People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
Phife Dawg has been battling with diabetes since 1990. Phife even gave himself the title “funky diabetic” on the Tribe song “Oh My God,” off of the classic Midnight Marauders album. He received a kidney transplant in 2008 after being on the wait-list for two years.
Phife’s death was confirmed by Statik Selektah on Twitter but no cause of death as yet been announced.