A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg dies at 45
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The five foot assassin was a notable MC for the comedic wit he brought to the Queens hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Their blending of jazz, hip hop, and storytelling ushered in a new sound for music, and it was definitely a breath of fresh air for hip hop. With lyrics that challenged the bravado of rap at the time and took on various social issues, their sound was not one to be slept on. While the group didn't make it past 1998, only reuniting for a few live shows, Phife was said to be working on a solo project about his life's story entitled Muttymorphosis
Twitter rolled out the tributes:
#RIPPhife Dawg 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/VviWBze0lM — VILLA (@RUVILLA) March 23, 2016
I'm not talking about anything else today. Because it feels like time has stopped. There is nothing else to discuss. Not today. #RIPPhife— April (@ReignOfApril) March 23, 2016
Fans talking about how A Tribe Called Quest literally changed their lives. When Hip Hop is at its best, there's NOTHING like it. #RIPPhife — Simone Amelia (@BossLadyTV) March 23, 2016
"When the mic is in my hand, I'm never hesitant;my favorite jam back in the day was Eric B for President" #RIPPhife pic.twitter.com/7RAw8uQBbi — Ryan P. Haygood (@RyanPHaygood) March 23, 2016
That ghost weed verse on De La's Mosaic Thump #RIPPhife— Shareef Jackson (@ShareefJackson) March 23, 2016
Damn.#RIPPhifepic.twitter.com/tukyw5Y8n9 — Lauren Eylise (@LaurenEylise) March 23, 2016It's been something to watch hip hop growing up, in our culture and around the world, but nothing really prepares us for hip hop becoming an ancestor. We salute you Phife Dawg, rest in power