Phife Dawg's Death: Questlove, Snoop Dog and More React on Social Media
Phife, MC with the chart-topping, award-winning progressive hip-hop act, reportedly died Tuesday (March 22) at the age of 45 following a run of health issues.
See what Questlove, Snoop Dogg and other hip hop luminaries had to say below.
Phife forever 1970-2016. 1991 in Sept I went to visit Tariq at Millersville U in the middle of PA (Lancaster). Miles Davis had just passed & I went on a binge to study his post jazz works. Went to Sound Of Market to purchase Nefertiti, In A Silent Way & Live Evil---the only non jazz purchase I made that day ironically was the most jazziest album in that collection: #TheLowEndTheory by @ATCQ. ---it was raining that day so somehow the 1...2 punch of "Nefertiti"/"Fall" just had me in a trance that train trip---even though I suspected there was a possibility that Tribe could possibly have made a better album then their debut (the perfect @@@@@ mic Source rating would be on stands in a week so I was right)---but I knew I wanted to save that listening for when I got up to the campus w Riq.---so some 90mins later when I get to his dorm--we ripped that bad boy open (I can't describe the frustration that was CD packaging in 1991, just imagine the anger that environmentalists feel when all that paper packaging in Beats headphone gets wasted---it's like that)---the sign of a true classic is when a life memory is burnt in your head because of the first time you hear a song. ---Riq & I had this moment a few times, but the look on our faces when we 1st heard "Buggin Out" was prolly Me & Tariq's greatest "rewind selector!" moment in our friendship. (Back then every MC's goal was to have that "rewind!!!" moment. As in to say something so incredible. Or to catch you by surprise that it makes you go "DAAAAAYUM!!!"& you listen over & over---Malik "Phife" Taylor's verse was such a gauntlet/flag planting moment in hip hop. Every hip hop head was just...stunned HE. CAME. FOR. BLOOD & was taking NO prisoners on this album (or ever again) we just kept looking at the speaker on some disbelief old timey radio Suspense episode. & also at each other "Phife is KILLIN!"--by the time we got to "Scenario" I swear to god THAT was the moment I knew I wanted to make THIS type of music when I grew up--(yeah yeah dad I know: "go to Juilliard or Curtis to make a nice living at "real music") but he didn't know that Phife & his crew already wrote my destiny. I ain't look back since. THANK YOU PHIFE!
Phife-HipHop & Rap word Warrior, simple as that.Breathed it & lined rhyme into Sport.A true fire Social Narrator my bro #RIBeats ATCQforever— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 23, 2016
Rest In Beats PHIFE ATCQ Forever pic.twitter.com/jwYNU6YLJ8— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 23, 2016
Hip-hop is living, can't yank the plug— Rob da Bank (@RobdaBank) March 23, 2016
if you do the result, will end up kind of bugged
A pioneer of hip hop has left us. Rest in peace, Phife— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) March 23, 2016
Nooooooooo RIP Phife. I heard they just got a deal and was coming back. Yo that's soooo weak man!!!! They was posed to be on our album— PRICE (@BOWprice) March 23, 2016
more than just a fly mc who's 5 foot 3 and very brave, phife is a legend who helped father hip hop's golden era. RIP pic.twitter.com/4w6zhiRSqp— kalkutta (@djkalkutta) March 23, 2016
Hearing Phife's voice will forever remind me of my favourite time in rap music #RIPPHIFE— Foreign Beggars (@ForeignBeggars) March 23, 2016
My personal testimony as to how timeless ATCQ is is that independently, my 19, 18 and 14 yr old sons listen to Tribe on their own. #RIPPhife— Old Man Combat (@Combat_Jack) March 23, 2016
a tribe called quest is the greatest rap group of all time. and i would have never thought i had a place in rap if not for them #RIPPhife— Open Mike Eagle (@Mike_Eagle) March 23, 2016
"Trini gladiator /anti hesitator /Shaheed push the fader / from here to Grenada" -------- #RIPPhife ...— Estelle (@EstelleDarlings) March 23, 2016
"Microphone check 1,2 what is this..?"— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) March 23, 2016
The Five Foot Assassin.
ATCQ changed everything...
RIP, Phife Dawg.
Our hearts are heavy this am.— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) March 23, 2016
Phife Dawg you were integral to a movement that birthed so many of… https://t.co/y2uIXEj0Ek
I had to spend the last 2 days going thru a lot of honest thoughts and emotions b 4 I spoke because this one hurts soooo fucking much. I can't begin to explain what @iamthephifer and @qtiptheabstract and @jarobiwhite and @alishaheed means to me and how much they have done for my life. These guys are my big brothers, my friends, and the dudes that always protected me frm the bullshit that came with life both personally and professionally in a way that only big brothers can do it. If u look at this picture closely, on the night of one of my my most magical moments in my 25 year journey in music DEC.5th 2015, I was able to have a dream come true in a way that it never had and that was to perform What's the scenario (original and the rmx) for the 1st time ever back to back with all of the original members of Leaders of the New School and A Tribe Called Quest since we recorded these songs in 1991 & 1992. That night was so magical with all of the love that was under one roof that it's too much to get into the details of but again please take another look at this picture, if u notice @iamthephifer had his hand on my back consoling me as I kneeled down to give thanks crying tears of joy because of how proud of a moment that was for me being able to end a 4 hour set with brothers who put me in a position where I was able to tell my mother she will not have to work for anyone over 20 yrs ago. The belief that they had in me puttin' me and Leaders on that record, putting me last on the record because back then being last on the record meant EVERYTHING, I had no idea at that time what they were setting me up in life to be but thru out the years it was so consistent their love and concern for my well being that it was no way I couldn't see it. Ever since that concert I have had the opportunity to spend time with Phife way more than I have been able to in over 10yrs. I've known this man for over 28yrs and I think I've seen him in the last 4 months the happiest that I've seen him in a very long time. It was apparent that every wish that he had was coming true and I can honestly say that I was witnessing the anointing frm a bird's eye view 1st hand. Until we meet again King, RIP