I know for a fact the music of “A Tribe Called Quest” had an impact. I speak from personal experience as I was impacted by their music as a young teenager. Tribe was one of the first groups that triggered my love for what is now considered “old school” hip hop. They brought a mellow and calm flavor yet a lyrical consciousness that filled a tremendous void to the genre. I’ve always appreciated the art, message and perspective that Tribe always brought to the table. Their music continues to stand the test of time.
If you don’t know by now, Malik Taylor (aka. Phife Dawg) who so happens to be one of the founder members of ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ died Wednesday at the age of 45. The impact was felt not just in the hip hop community but even places you couldn’t even fathom.
Scott Van Pelt of ESPN is an unabashed Tribe fan and even had Phife Dawg make appearances on his new late night SportsCenter show a few months back. Phife was a huge sports fan. Of the many tributes I have ever in the last 48 hours showing respect to this legend, Van Pelt may have put the icing on the cake with his.
Rest In Paradise to truly one of the greats and most influential minds in hip hop. Thank you Phife Dawg!