Some terrible news out of the hip-hop community this morning, as the legendary MC and A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Phife Dawg has reportedly passed away at the age of 45. The cause of Phife's death is currently unknown, but he suffered from a number of health problems and was a well known diabetic. In 2008, Phife underwent a kidney transplant surgery. The news first broke on Twitter broke from DJ and Producer by Chuck Chillout late last night and then was confirmed by Statik Selektah.
As the news broke, the hip-hop community poured in their thoughts and prayers for Phife and his family and began to mourn the loss of yet another hip-hop legend. The Queens native rose to fame with Q-Tip when they formed A Tribe Called Quest in 1988 and then changed the game when they released their classic debut album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, in 1990.
A Tribe Called Quest last performed together on The Tonight Show with the Roots in 2015, which was actually their first television performance in a number of years. You can check out the reaction from the hip-hop community below, and we'll continue to update this story as more details come out.