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Rapper and founding member of the group A Tribe Called Quest passed away earlier this morning. Phife’s family has released a statement in reference to his death. A letter was sent to Billboard magazine saying:

“Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.”

Phife’s Manager Dion Liverpool stated:

“Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness…”

Such a sad for Hip Hop…

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