Phife Dawg: How A Tribe Called Quest’s Everyman Genius Changed Hip-Hop

March 24, 2016 1:48 AM

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While Q-Tip was the mad scientist and mercurial artist, Phife Dawg was a lot like you: a guy who loved hip-hop, sports and talking shit. Hip-hop will never be the same.

The death of Malik Taylor, a.k.a. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, gutted me. It's easy to overstate what an artist can mean to a fan; you're almost embarrassed to be so hurt when you know that his friends and family are going through something much more painful and devastating. I thought about h...

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