Get the A Tribe Called Quest Phife T Shirt . A Tribe Called Quest was an American hip-hop collective formed in 1985 and originally composed of MC and main producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg, DJ and co-producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and MC Jarobi White, who left the group in 1991 after the release of their debut album. White continued to contribute to the band sporadically before rejoining for their 2006 reunion. Along with De La Soul, the group was a central part of the Native Tongues and enjoyed the most commercial success out of all the groups to emerge from that collective. The group released six albums between 1990 and 2016. The band broke up in 1998 after releasing their fifth album. In 2006, the group reunited and toured the United States. In 2016, they released their sixth and final album, which was still incomplete when Phife Dawg died suddenly in March 2016, and was completed by the other members after his death.
Get the A Tribe Called Quest Phife T Shirt . Phife Dawg initially formed A Tribe Called Quest, then simply named Quest, with his childhood friend Q-Tip in 1985; the group was later expanded with the addition of Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A Tribe Called Quest were closely associated with fellow hip-hop acts De La Soul and Jungle Brothers, with the groups being collectively known as the Native Tongues. A Tribe Called Quest were initially offered a demo deal by Geffen Records in 1989, but signed to Jive Records to release their 1990 début People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
Get the A Tribe Called Quest Phife T Shirt . Phife Dawg was born Malik Izaak Taylor to Cheryl Allison Boyce-Taylor and Walt Taylor on November 20, 1970. He was born premature and his twin Mikal died shortly after birth. His mother, who was born in Arima, Trinidad and Tobago, moved to St Albans in Queens, New York when she was 13 years old. Phife described himself as a “West Indian” and of “Trinidadian descent.” He was a cousin of writer Zinzi Clemmons. Phife was an avid sports fan and was featured on various radio shows and sports programming on ESPN. He was also a playable character in the video games NBA 2K7 and NBA 2K9. Phife was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus in May 1990. Conflicting reports indicate it as type 1, while other sources report it as type 2. He mentioned being a “funky diabetic” in the single “Oh My God” from the group’s third album, Midnight Marauders. After being on a waiting list for two years, Phife received a kidney transplantfrom his wife in 2008. This was unsuccessful, however, and by 2012 he once again required a transplant. Phife died in his home in Contra Costa County, California on March 22, 2016 due to complications relating to diabetes at the age of 45
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