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R.I.P. Phife


We still cannot believe it. With great sadness but fondly cherished memories and thankfulness in our hearts, we at salute the recently departed Phife (aka Malik Boyce Taylor). Hip-Hop Nation stand up, salute and reminisce. You could just surf this site, imagine all the Phife-related posts removed, and get an idea of how deep the loss of the Phifer cuts. But you know what, the Tribe’s Five-Footer is not ‘lost’ to us; nor will he ever be. Remember how he spoke to and spoke life to J Dilla and Baatin in the Hereafter in his “Dear Dilla” tribute track a while back? Family, you can do the same thing even now; to and for whomever you have lost. Through the tears that will eventually give way to joy from knowing him… in whatever way you see fit from now on, you can speak life to the Brother #SpeakLifeToPhife

Your 45-year struggle here is done: Rest In Peace, Phife.

(Think ESPN is the only network that can weave Hip-Hop into the broadcast ever so nicely? NO! Watch the dopest news-school tribute to our fallen, but forever fresh friend Phife Dawg. After the jump, there’s all that and then some!)

Mic drop! WSB-TVs Mark Arum and Fred Blankenship paid tribute to the late A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg by brilliantly inserting lyrics into the traffic report.

The big-ups were heard ’round the Twitterverse #RIPPhifeDawg

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