A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg Has Reportedly Passed Away

A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg Has Reportedly Passed Away


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.