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.
Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip have just released a new collaborative mixtape. It’s called The Abstract & the Dragon, and it features “Thank You”, their recently released single with Kanye West and Lil Wayne.
It’s also got guest spots from A Tribe Called Quest, Raekwon, Missy Elliott, Talib Kweli, and others.
Pop the hood on Busta & Q- Tip’s video “Thank You” featuring Lil Wayne & Kanye West
Download mixtape below
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Born James Dewitt Yancey, the Hip Hop Super-Producer/Artist better know as Jay Dee & J Dilla, was considered one of the most influential hip hop artists in the music industry. With sentiments echoed by his good friend DJ House Shoes, “Dilla is the best producer…EVER in Hip Hop. Period.”
Taking off in the mid-90s, Dilla’s career spanned over a decade with some of his most notable work for Hip Hop and R&B/Soul artists such as The Pharcyde, Slum Village, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Common, Busta Rhymes, Madlib, Dwele, Erykah Badu & Janet Jackson.
With a steady-rising career, Dilla continued to impact the music scene with his production, remixes, collaborations and vocal appearances until he began to experience health issues that resulted in weight loss and hospitalization. But that didn’t stop him from creating music or from even going on tour in Europe in late 2005 where he performed from a wheelchair. Even when his condition worsened, he had equipment brought to his hospital room where he made tracks bedside until he passed from complications of a rare blood disease called Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).
So on this day five years ago this remarkable talent left us, and No U Aint Radio celebrates the life & music of J Dilla. Enjoy our music tribute.
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NO U AINT RADIO got word that the Sundance Institute announced its lineup for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, naming Beats, Rhymes and Fights, a documentary about legendary hip-hop act A Tribe Called Quest, among its Best Documentary contenders. But not every Tribe member appears to be on board with the project. Continue reading
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