Phife Dawg's Official Cause Of Death Revealed In Statement Issued By Family

Phife Dawg's untimely passing has effected many musical souls around the globe.

"When I say Linden Boulevard was crowded, it was crowded!" Not to pat myself on the back, but I think I'm a lot tougher than that, you know what I mean? "We had a good time tonight, but I need a favor".

In a statement, the family talked of their "loving husband, father, brother and friend " ". Though the song was one of only four tracks Phife Dawg rapped on for the group's first album "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm", it was immediately clear it wasn't Tribe Called Quest without him. " Ali Shaheed [Muhammad], Jarobi and [Q-]Tip looked like they may have been competing for who could take the most Afrocentric fashion chances, but Phife looked like a dude I went to high school with.

The family's statement said: "We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes".

The 45-year-old's family also released a statement on his death, sharing, "How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten". The latter's production easily blends with Phife's edgy lyrics that contain the fitting opening line, "This is the year that I come in and just devastate".

Dawg formed A Tribe Called Quest with classmate Q-Tip in 1985.

"I swear to god THAT was the moment I knew I wanted to make THIS type of music when I grew up", he wrote.

The success was only the beginning of the end as Phife's course was about to diverge from his other two group members.

The recipe was wildly successful: A Tribe Called Quest became one of the most successful rap acts of its era, with three albums hitting the Billboard top ten and all five of its releases going gold or platinum. They performed their popular classic, "Can I Kick It?".

As the news spread on Wednesday, musicians inside and outside of the hip-hop world paid tribute, including Kendrick Lamar, Questlove, Mark Ronson, Mac Miller, Chuck D and Chance the Rapper.

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