Inspiration and timeless art were forever left behind by Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor. The man, the artist, the rapper, the LEGEND of the zulu nation.
Today was a time of grieving and rememberance for hip hop heads across the world when they heard about the loss of the Phife Dawg this morning. Malik Isaac Taylor aka "Phife Dawg the 5 foot assasin" from classic hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest has lied to rest for the last time.
A Tribe called quest was formed by Malik along with his high school classmates/friends Q-Tip and Ali Shaheem Muhammad in 1985. The group led the new age hip hop scene and paved the way for other young, innovative artists and was even named one of the most progressive hip-hop acts of its time (Billboard). Some dubbed classics by the legendary group include but are not limited to: Scenario, Can I Kick It?, The Hop and Electric Relaxation.
The group has also been recognized for their unique cover artwork and designs that have been utilized in the fashion world several times. In 2009, Air Jordan brand released the Air Jordan 1 High Strap "A Tribe Called Quest" which became a must have shoe for Tribe fans and sneakerheads everywhere.
The Tribe themselves have made several collaborative efforts in the fashion world - even as recent as last years Stussy collaboration. The collection celebrated the brands 35th year anniversary and also the 25th anniversary in New York.
Phife, also self named "The Funky Diabetic" has been in poor health in recent years due to his longtime struggle with diabetes. He underwent a kidney transplant in 2008 and shared his struggles with the illness in Beats, Rhymes and Life in 2012.
This morning, the rest of the Tribe group released a statement on the mourning of Malik and wrapped it up with these following commemorative words:
Thank you for the outpouring of prayers and support from the fans, fellow artists, music outlets, blogs, radio stations, DJs, social media and the music community at large.This too is part of his joy and means a lot to him. His family is overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and are thankful. His music and what he’s contributed is seismic and hard to measure. He’s affected us as much as he’s affected all of you. We’re inspired by his daily joy and courage. He wasn’t in pain. He was happy.
Thank you for blessing us FOREVER, Phife.