Today, CopyWrite and the hip-hop world mourns the lost of a true icon.
Phife Dawg (born Malik Taylor) was a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest and died Tuesday at the age of 45 from complications resulting from diabetes. While multiple media outlets confirmed the rapper's death, Phife had health issues for years, undergoing a kidney transplant in 2008 to deal with a longtime battle with diabetes.
While in ATCQ, Phife appeared on all five of the group's studio albums, most notably 1991's The Low End Theory and 1993's Midnight Marauders, acting as the high-pitched, gruff vocal counterpoint to Q-Tip's smooth, mellow flow.
Rest peacefully, Phife Dawg.
& listen to some of CW's favorite songs from the legend below. #RespectTheLegendary