The legendary 5 Foot Assassin from A Tribe Called Quest died last night at the age of 45. Tribe has not released an official statement yet, but legends such as DJ Scratch and Punchline of Punch & Words confirmed the news. No cause of death has been stated, though Phife was diagnosed with diabetes back in the ’90s.
To remember the legendary Tribesman, we have put together a list of rare performances from the group. Our thoughts are with Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi, and friends and family:
“Can I Kick It?” – Showtime At The Apollo
The Tribe went uptown and appeared on the Apollo TV show from the ’90s. One album in and the audience at the theater was loving them.
“Check The Rhyme” – In Living Color
Tribe came to the classic comedy show that was home to the Wayans family. Peep a young Jennifer Lopez, back when she was one of the Fly Girls, introducing the legendary group.
Interview & Freestyle – Arsenio Hall
In this clip, the group is talking to Arsenio about making “Award Tour” and if they would pursue anything beyond music. Then Phife spits a freestyle while Tip provides a beat box for him. Check the footage to see the excitement on Ali and Tip’s faces about an 18-year-old singer who was capable of playing multiple instruments: D’Angelo.
“Rumble In The Jungle” – Late Night with David Letterman
This is a gem. Tribe performed this rare song from the soundtrack to the Muhammad Ali documentary along with the Fugees, John Forte, and Busta Rhymes. Need we say more?
Freestyle – Rap City
Tip and Phife dropped a quick freestyle during an appearance on the BET show. This was when Joe Clair was hosting.
BONUS: Sprite Commercial
Back in the day, nearly every rapper appeared in a Sprite commercial. Tribe was no exception.
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Phife Dawg Through The Years
1. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest perform as part of the Smokin Grooves Tour at Shoreline Amphitheatre on September 1, 1996.Source:Getty 1 of 15
2. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest perform as part of Lollapalooza 1994 at Shoreline Amphitheatre.Source:Getty 2 of 15
3. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest during Rock the Bells Concert - August 6, 2006 at Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, California.Source:Getty 3 of 15
4. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest performs as part of Rock the Bells 2010 at Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 22, 2010 in Mountain View, California.Source:Getty 4 of 15
5. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest perform during the 7th Annual Rock The Bells festival on Governors Island.Source:Getty 5 of 15
6. Phife at the 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest' Premiere at the Temple Theater during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2011 in Park City, Utah.Source:Getty 6 of 15
7. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest attends SPiN Decision Makers Panel With Hype Williams presented by Bing on January 23, 2011 in Park City, Utah.Source:Getty 7 of 15
8. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest visits the Tribeca Film Festival 2011 portrait studio on April 27, 2011.Source:Getty 8 of 15
9. Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White attend the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest' After Party on June 24, 2011.Source:Getty 9 of 15
10. Phife Dawg and Q-Tip perform onstage at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.Source:Getty 10 of 15
11. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest perform on the main stage on day 3 of the Yahoo! Wireless Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 14, 2013 in London.Source:Getty 11 of 15
12. Phife of A Tribe Called Quest performs at 2013 H2O Music Festival at Los Angeles Historical Park on August 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.Source:Getty 12 of 15
13. Phife Dawg and Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest perform at Univision Radio's H2O music festival at Los Angeles state historic park on August 17, 2013.Source:Getty 13 of 15
14. Phife Dawg performs for the #BigTicket showcase at Tattoo on February 6, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.Source:Getty 14 of 15
15. Phife Dawg and Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest perform during Hot 97's 'Busta Rhymes And Friends: Hot For The Holidays' concert at Prudential Center on December 5, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey.Source:Getty 15 of 15
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