Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest, dies at 45

Posted at 12:59 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 13:24:40-04

If you didn't know hip-hop artist Malik Taylor, aka Phife Dawg, before Wednesday, his lyrics told you everything you needed to know.

He was on-point.

"You on-point, Phife?" Q-Tip asked.

"All the time, Tip," Phife Dawg responded.

We knew his type.

"I like 'em brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian," Phife Dawg said.

And we knew how he viewed himself.

"I'm all that and then some," he said. "Short, dark and handsome."

Taylor — one fourth of the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest — died Wednesday. He was 45 years old.

The cause of death hasn't been released, but Taylor suffered from health problems, which he'd been vocal about.

"Kidney failure due to diabetes. I made my bed, so I had to lie in it," Taylor said.

On social media, fans remembered the legendary MC by posting their favorite Phife Dawg lyrics.

Taylor, along with the other members of A Tribe Called Quest — Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi — reunited on "The Tonight Show" in 2015. It was the group's last televised performance together.

This video includes clips from MTVJive Records / A Tribe Called QuestBBC Radio 1 and NBC / "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and images from Getty Images.