Press Play: Phife Dawg Tribute Playlist

A Tribe Called Quest released their last solo album in 1998, but their impact can still be felt today. Suffice it to say that Phife Dawg’s presence and legacy extends well beyond the confines of his 5’3″ frame.

The self-proclaimed “five- foot assassin,” who passed away yesterday at the age of 45, leaves a huge impact upon multiple generations of hip-hop lovers.

He passed after a 25 year battle with diabetes, and will be remembered as a man who embraced his health issues and other imperfections as part of his iconic identity.

“When’s the last time you heard a funky diabetic?” – Phife Dawg, “Oh My God,” Midnight Marauders