Naturally, tributes have been pouring in after A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg died this week due to longtime complications with his health. One notable name who shared his thoughts on the loss of Phife was Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The Broadway star hit Twitter to let his followers know the audience heard “here we go yo, here we go yo” during Wednesday’s show, as a tribute to the MC.
He also told Billboard:
Tribe opened the door in terms of subject matter. They were just authentically themselves, and they rapped about their friendships and New York stories. It just felt like these were your friends and they got on and they were telling you what life was like on their side of things. And that’s why we responded — because they were real with us every time.
Phife was so unapologetically himself. He rapped about being diabetic, he rapped about being 5 feet tall. He took the things that you think would discount someone from being able to have a career as an MC and made them superpowers. One of my favorite lines: “I get loose off of orange juice” [from “Phony Rappers”]. That’s Phife.
My Twitter feed today has just been Phife quotes. I could spend the day doing that and everyone will know what I’m talking about — it’s just a cornerstone of hip-hop. I mourn the loss of Phife’s voice, I mourn that interplay between him and Q-Tip. But I’m also grateful for it. Phife was 45 years old, and that is too, too young. He struggled with his health his entire life, but the things that he made are going to stay with us forever. You can’t help but be grateful for that.
We’re going to miss Phife.
SOURCE: Billboard | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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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