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On Point: Watch TV News Traffic Reporter Pay Tribute to Phife Dawg On-Air

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Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor) of A Tribe Called Quest performing on August 17, 2013 in Los Angeles. 

You're on point, Mark Arum.

The Channel 2 Action News' traffic reporter paid homage to A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Phife Dawg -- who passed away Tuesday (March 22) at the age of 45 due to complications from diabetes -- during his on-air segment, weaving in some of the Five Foot Assassin's standout lyrics.

I am stunned. And shook. Most times I have to do a mic check I quote my man Phife: "Microphone Check, 1,2, what is this? The five-foot assassin with the roughneck business!" #RIPPhifeDawg

Posted by Mark Arum WSB on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Before rocking the mic for his traffic report, Arum took to Facebook to acknowledge the Tribe wordsmith's passing. "I am stunned. And shook. Most times I have to do a mic check I quote my man Phife: "Microphone Check, 1,2, what is this? The five-foot assassin with the roughneck business!" ?#‎RIPPhifeDawg?," he wrote.

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Arum also tells Billboard of his hip-hop obsession. "Phife and Tribe were the soundtrack of my youth. I was crushed when I heard the news this morning just before we went on the air. I wanted to pay tribute to him somehow, so I just decided to mix in some of his lyrics into my traffic reports."

Watch Arum seamlessly drop lines from ATCQ's "Award Tour" ("comin' with more hits than the Braves and the Yankees," "Ludicrously speedy, or infectious with the slow-mo" and "track record's longer than a DC-20 aircraft") and "Check The Rhime" ("Tell your mother, tell your father, send a telegram") among others below.