RIP Malik Taylor/Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by GregC, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    He passed due to complications from diabetes at the age of 45.:( While Q Tip rightfully got more attention since he did the majority of the MC-ing, Phife was an important stylistic counterpoint and had a great flow. The band was hugely influential, making jazz a big part of their sound. They even got Ron Carter to play upright on one track.
    A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg Dead at 45

    There's a video in this link from their performance last year on The Tonight Show with The Roots. Watch A Tribe Called Quest Reunite for 'Can I Kick It?' With the Roots
  2. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA

    A Tribe Called Quest's brand of hip hop was definitely original and refreshing!

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  3. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    questlovePhife forever 1970-2016. 1991 in Sept I went to visit Tariq at Millersville U in the middle of PA (Lancaster). Miles Davis had just passed & I went on a binge to study his post jazz works. Went to Sound Of Market to purchase Nefertiti, In A Silent Way & Live Evil---the only non jazz purchase I made that day ironically was the most jazziest album in that collection: #TheLowEndTheory by@ATCQ.

    ---it was raining that day so somehow the 1...2 punch of "Nefertiti"/"Fall" just had me in a trance that train trip---even though I suspected there was a possibility that Tribe could possibly have made a better album then their debut (the perfect @@@@@ mic Source rating would be on stands in a week so I was right)---but I knew I wanted to save that listening for when I got up to the campus w Riq.

    ---so some 90mins later when I get to his dorm--we ripped that bad boy open (I can't describe the frustration that was CD packaging in 1991, just imagine the anger that environmentalists feel when all that paper packaging in Beats headphone gets wasted---it's like that)---the sign of a true classic is when a life memory is burnt in your head because of the first time you hear a song.

    ---Riq & I had this moment a few times, but the look on our faces when we 1st heard "Buggin Out" was prolly Me & Tariq's greatest "rewind selector!" moment in our friendship. (Back then every MC's goal was to have that "rewind!!!" moment. As in to say something so incredible. Or to catch you by surprise that it makes you go "DAAAAAYUM!!!"& you listen over & over---Malik "Phife" Taylor's verse was such a gauntlet/flag planting moment in hip hop. Every hip hop head was just...stunned HE. CAME. FOR. BLOOD & was taking NO prisoners on this album (or ever again) we just kept looking at the speaker on some disbelief old timey radio Suspense episode. & also at each other "Phife is KILLIN!"

    --by the time we got to "Scenario" I swear to god THAT was the moment I knew I wanted to make THIS type of music when I grew up--(yeah yeah dad I know: "go to Juilliard or Curtis to make a nice living at "real music") but he didn't know that Phife & his crew already wrote my destiny. I ain't look back since. THANK YOU PHIFE!

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  4. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    Used to love those guys. Sad to say, but the moment I read "diabetes" in GregC's post I remembered his line "drink a lot of soda so they call me Dr. Pepper" :(
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  6. 48thStreetCustom

    48thStreetCustom Inactive

    Nov 30, 2005
    I love that line "Bust off on your couch, now you got Seamens furniture."
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  7. 10cc

    10cc Inactive

    Oct 28, 2013
    Damn. Phife was my favorite out of the bunch. Great lyrics and his voice sounded great. Damn
  8. That sucks. I wondered why all the Tribe stuff was popping up on my FB feed. Tribe is a huge part of my childhood and one of the reasons I play bass today. RIP, Five Foot Assasin..
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  9. Sweet Willie

    Sweet Willie

    Dec 31, 2014
    Former moderator for now non-active Nordstrand Forum
    We lost a GREAT one. Rhyme royalty.

    So very many times did Phife's lyrics make me smile and they will continue to do so.

    microphone check, one two what is this?
    the legacy lives in phife's lyrical business
    escaped from gravity, free from the insanity
    love and peace from us all, his worldwide family

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