Watch Kendrick Lamar Pay Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg Onstage in Australia

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Kendrick Lamar performs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

The death of A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg yesterday (March 22) was a huge blow to hip-hop fans everywhere -- including Kendrick Lamar, who paid tribute to the self-described "five-foot assassin" soon after the news broke while onstage in Sydney.

Phife Dawg, Founding Member of A Tribe Called Quest, Dead at 45

As the packed arena's audience held their phones aloft, Lamar said, "Today, we lost one of the pioneers in hip-hop, by the name of Phife Dawg. Right now, ain't nobody cheering about me. We're gonna give it up for him, for allowing me to do what I'm doing on this stage right here, right now, today."

Then, he led the massive crowd in a call-and-response "Phife Dawg" chant, before concluding that "Forever hip-hop, we gonna be alright." Watch the full tribute below.


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