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Lost Interview: Phife Dawg Talks Q-Tip And Nas involvement in Award Winning Tribe Documentary



Malik Taylor, the rapper known as Phife Dog who along with his partner Q-Tip, fronted the influential 1990s hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, has died at age 45.
Rolling Stone confirmed the news, though no cause of death has been announced, and an official statement has not yet been released by the band or the rapper’s family.
Taylor was diagnosed as a diabetic in 1990 and had a kidney transplant in 2008, and his struggles with various health problems are detailed in Michael Rapaport’s 2008 movie about the group, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.
Taylor and Q-Tip – born Jonathan Davis – grew up together in the New York City borough of Queens, and along with DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad and, initially another rapper named Jarobi White – formed A Tribe Called Quest, who together with De La Soul, the Jungle Brothers and Queen Latifah were part of the musically expansive and politically conscious “Native Tongues” movement that reshaped hip-hop.
Beginning with People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm in 1990 and on through The Low End Theory (1991), Midnight Marauders (1993) and Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996), Tribe expanded rap’s sonic palette, creating richly atmospheric textures that, in particular, married the music’s vocal improvisation to the African American history of jazz.
The group broke up after The Love Movement in 1998, but re-united and toured in 2006, and celebrated the 25th anniversary of People’s Instinctive Travels by appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in November.




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