Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic Hip-hop is still mourning the sudden loss of Phife Dawg, born Malik Taylor. Following the news of the rapper’s ‘s passing Tuesday at age 45, A Tribe Called Quest, the pioneering rap group he co-founded, has issued a statement on his legacy.
“Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting. It was no secret about his health and his fight,” the statement reads. “But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed. The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy… until he heeded his fathers call.”
A Tribe Called Quest — consisting of Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhamed — collectively thanked fans for their support. “His family is overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and are thankful.” the statement continues. “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.”
The statement concludes, “He wasn’t in pain. He was happy. We take comfort in knowing he will be beside his grandmother.”
As previously reported, Phife passed away due to complications from diabetes.
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