We salute the Five Foot Assassin on his birthday! The man born Malik Taylor would have been 47 years old today (Nov. 20).
On March 22, 2016, hip-hop lost a legend with the passing Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor at age 45. As cliche as the words sound, Phife Dawg’s presence simply can’t be described as anything other than legendary. He influenced an entire generation rappers and cemented a creative movement in hip-hop that transformed the genre both musically and culturally. Arguably the most relatable member A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ); he was the average Joe to Q-Tip’s "abstract" eccentric, and Phife’s memorable moments are plenty.
Here are our top 5.