Dear Phife we miss you!
At the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 a tribute was thrown for the late great rapper Hip Hop’s own Phife Dawg. DJ Gully spun classic hits from the music of the late great rapper. The night found host to Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box and the Fame Girls led by Cover Model Kitty Rae White. The Fame Girls were body painted in the classic “Tribe Called Quest” colors to honor the legend. Ralph McDaniels also hosted a rap cypher to pay homage and a toast to celebrate the life of that “Funky Diabetic”.
“Now here’s a funky introduction of how nice I am/Tell your mother, tell your father, send a telegram/ I’m like an energizer cause, you see, I last long/ My crew is never ever whack because we stand strong.” ~ Malik Izaak Taylor aka “Phife Dawg” 1970-2016
Earlier that day at the St. Albans Queens Library Phife Dawg was remember by his hometown fans. This event also gave rise to awareness of diabetes the disease that ultimately claim the life of Malik Izaak Taylor aka Phife Dawg. “A lot of time when artists pass away, it’s so big and Hollywood but this is really a guy who came up from this community, changed his block, changed the way people thought of getting off of the block…” ~ Ralph McDaniels.