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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 1:53 PM

Sad News For A Tribe Called Quest

By: Carlos Harleaux

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Yesterday the music industry lost one third of one of the most important groups in Hip Hop (and really Pop music period) history, Phife Dawg (aka Malik Taylor) from the critically acclaimed trio (Jarobi White left the group after their first album), A Tribe Called Quest. Phife, Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad changed the face of music as we knew it, blending jazz, rap and funk in an infectious melting pot. The group is most known for its early groundbreaking albums, The Low End Theory (1991) and Midnight Marauders (1993). The group’s last album was 1998’s Love Movement. Forget current day rappers like Fetty Wap and Future. These guys spoke about real issues and broke barriers for all to follow in their footsteps. While Phife wasn’t the most commercially recognizable member of A Tribe Called Quest (that spot belongs to Q-Tip), there’s no doubt he was an essential and irreplaceable member of an iconic group.

Phife Dawg did release one solo album in 2000 called Ventilation: Da LP. He also teased a J Dilla produced single called “Nutshell” that was supposed to be the predecessor of an EP called Give Thanks. That project would be followed by Muttymorphosis, an LP he was also working on. There’s no word yet on what will be released from his unheard music as a solo artist or with the group. His presence will forever be felt and he will surely be missed. Reminisce on the group’s biggest hits, including one of their last televised performances.