New York’s legendary emcee and former member of the historic Queens-based Hip-Hop collective A Tribe Called Quest Phife Dawg passed away 7 years ago today. Born Malik Izaak Taylor, Phife Dawg was one of the greatest Hip-Hop emcees to ever live.
Recognised for his unprecedented lyrical prowess and affecting vocal delivery, Dawg formed a crucial bridge between ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ alongside Q-Tip and De La Soul, Queen Latifah and Jungle Brothers. Collectively, the association was popularly referred to as the Native Tongues.
As part of the influential Hip-Hop act, Phife Dawg debuted with People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm LP. Released on April 10th 1990, the LP gained prominence for its funk and jazz-influenced sounds amidst the provocative rise of gangsta rap at the time. Besides their riveting debut LP, Phife Dawg released five more rap LPs across his career – The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, Beats Rhymes and Life, The Love Movement and We Got It From Here… Thank You For Your Service.
Rest in Peace, Malik Izaak Taylor.
Listen to A Tribe Called Quest’s debut LP People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm here.