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Hip-hop is reeling over the death of legendary emcee,  Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest. News broke this morning that Phife had passed away from complications with diabetes. Phife’s health issues were well- documented, as he was sidelined with a surgery in 2008. Twitter was overcome with grief as many shared stories of their fan-hood and favorite punchlines from the self-proclaimed “five-foot assassin.” In honor of his passing, we here at Global Grind thought it fitting to turn this edition of the late night round-up into a dedication to all things Phife Dawg. Rest in freedom, Phife. You will be sorely missed.

First up, Noah Callahan-Bever at Complex wrote a fantastic piece on how Phife’s music impacted his life.

SOURCE: Complex

Talib Kweli had a similarly awesome tribute over at Billboard.

SOURCE: Billboard

Various artists from Questlove, to Kendrick Lamar, to Chance the Rapper, and more, weigh in on the Phife’s passing.

SOURCE: Pitchfork

Greg Whitt over at The Smoking Section penned a beautiful narrative of his interview of Phife when Greg was just a teenager.

SOURCE: The Smoking Section

Jason Tanz of The Wired shows off his ATCQ knowledge by digging deep and conjuring up some of Phife’sforgotten masterpieces.

SOURCE: The Wired

As people continue to mourn the loss of a hip-hop great, A Tribe Called Quest has release a statement regarding the untimely passing of Phife. “Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting,” the passage opens. Read the rest over on Q-Tip’s Facebook page.

SOURCE: Facebook



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