Malik Taylor, the rapper known as Phife Dawg whose nimble, clever rhymes helped launch A Tribe Called Quest to both commercial and critical success, died Tuesday at the age of 45 from complications resulting from diabetes. Rolling Stone has confirmed the rapper’s death.
Taylor had had health issues for years, undergoing a kidney transplant in 2008 to deal with a longtime battle with diabetes. “It’s really a sickness,” Taylor said in Beats, Rhymes & Life, Michael Rapaport’s candid 2011 documentary on the group. “Like straight-up drugs. I’m just addicted to sugar.”
“Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend,” his family said in a statement. “We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.”
“Family, my heart is shattered at the loss of my beautiful son,” Taylor’s mom Cheryl Boyce-Taylor wrote on facebook. “Thank you for your love and good wishes. Malik made me so proud, and he was a good and humble son. What holds me is that he brought joy through his music and sports, and that he lived a magical life. He is with his beloved grandmother and his twin brother Mikal today. God bless you Malik Boyce Taylor. Please send prayers to my daughter-in-law Deisha.”
Our sincere condolences go out to Phife’s family. He’s a legend and will be missed!!
Pop The hood on this Tribe Called Quest classic.
Kendrick Lamar recently announced the March 23 release date for his next album, the hugely-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city. While details on that currently untitled album are still scarce, he just posted the above image to his Instagram account. It’s not yet confirmed, but given the “Parental Advisory” tag and this tweet from TDE label boss Anthony Tiffith, it’s very possible that it’s the album’s artwork.
The image’s caption also possibly hints at the album’s title:
“Don’t all dogs go to heaven? Don’t Gangsta’s boogie? Do owl shit stank? Lions, Tigers & Bears. But TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY. Its the American dream nigga….” – lil Homie.
We just went back to the 90s with this one. We guess waiting damn near 20 years for a reunion was worth it. Jodeci is back! Pop the hood to check out their new joint “Every Moment”.
Be sure to check in with the AM Caffeine Crew from time to time as we will be lacing you up with new music, mixtapes, exclusives and more.
So we kick off the new year with DJ Smoooth Mellow-Dee’s Digimix series, a monthly music mix with different themes, artists and genre’s. This month is “Flashback Trap,” featuring some classic joints from the past decade or so from artists such as T.I., Outkast, UGK, Master P and more.
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Also stay tuned for the next installment from The AM Caffeine Show’s “No School Project” featuring an exclusive joint from 2 dope MC’s…Fatlip (from the Pharcyde) and Ras Kass.
And last but not least, be on the lookout for the long awaited mixtape from DJ Ron C, “DJRONGO: Off The Chain 2”
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The Los Angeles Hip-Hop scene has been bubbling for a while now. And one the MC’s responsible for LA being back on the radar is Thurz. Lately there has been much more West Coast commercial success via DJ Mustard (…on the beat h0), YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Tee Flii and Tyga just to name a few.
But Thurz has been blazing the trails since 2008, first as part the duo U-N-I, who went on to release three albums and receive accolades from the likes of Billboard, XXL, The Source, and MTV (named Best LA Breakout Artist at 2008 VMA’s). Then he re-introduced himself as a solo act in 2011, releasing several music and video projects that capture his true artistry sonically and visually.
Now Thurz brings the single “Perfect Words” as a prelude to “Blood on the Canvas,” his upcoming sophmore album. Check this joint/video below: