On March 22, 2016 Phife Dawg, rapper and member of A Tribe Called Quest, died aged 45 due to ill health resulting from his diabetes. In reaction to the news his family released the following statement: “Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.”
Phife Dawg emerged with A Tribe Called Quest in the late ’80s, alongside Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi, and contributed to all five of their studio records. He released his debut solo album, ‘Ventilation: Da LP’, in 2000, and in April 2016 a video was shared for his J Dilla-produced single, Nutshell, while his collaboration with Dwele and Mike City dropped early last year. Both are expected to feature on his forthcoming posthumous album, ‘Forever’.