West Coast rapper Game has come forward to reveal how much of an impact late A Tribe Called Quest founder Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor had on his life.

Game penned a lengthy Instagram post about Phife and their last conversation last night (March 23).

I know when someone dies & it's not a family member of yours or anyone close its of no real importance to you because life goes on…. But today, I want everyone who see's this to stop & take a minute to remember one of hip hops "GREATS" !!!! Malik #PhifeDawg Taylor was a rap pioneer, an innovator & overall just a dope individual… Everything he did even from afar, for me as a fan of Tribe Called Quest was so epic & really made me appreciate music in its raw form as a kid engulfed by the lifestyle that would later shape the world…… & from a fan to becoming a close friend of his & @QTipTheAbstract made those childhood memories even more historic…. The last conversation I had with Phife was a short one & I'll share our parting words with you…. He said: "Yo G-Money, you gotta let the music consume you until you feel like you can't breathe without it"…. All I said in return was… "I got you OG"…… & then I listened to Midnite Marauders on repeat for the next week to get inspiration for my #1992 solo project……. I say all that to say, just because your not here anymore in the physical presence doesn't mean I won't do my part in sharing my memories of your memory with whoever has time to read it today….. Rest Easy Phife & my condolences to your family….. Just talked to @QtipTheAbstract & he told me "When a close ones physical is done, you pick up life where they left it & continue on to places ONLY YOU CAN GO"….. I got it. Love – The Game

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Check out A Tribe Called Quest, Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller’s reactions on the next page…

A Tribe Called Quest issued a statement on his passing once the news went viral yesterday (March 23).

“Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting. It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed. The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy… until he heeded his fathers call.

We love his family his mother, his father, his son, his wife, his nieces, his family here in New York, Atlanta, California and Trinidad.

Thank you for the outpouring of prayers and support from the fans, fellow artists, music outlets, blogs, radio stations, DJ’s, social media and the music community at large. This too is part of his joy and means a lot to him. His family is overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and are thankful. His music and what he’s contributed is seismic and hard to measure. He’s affected us as much as he’s affected all of you. We’re inspired by his daily joy and courage. He wasn’t in pain. He was happy. We take comfort in knowing he will be beside his grandmother.” (Statement)

This week, rap star Kendrick Lamar paid homage to Phife during an Australia concert.

As the packed arena’s audience held their phones aloft, Lamar said, “Today, we lost one of the pioneers in hip-hop, by the name of Phife Dawg. Right now, ain’t nobody cheering about me. We’re gonna give it up for him, for allowing me to do what I’m doing on this stage right here, right now, today.” Then, he led the massive crowd in a call-and-response “Phife Dawg” chant, before concluding that “Forever hip-hop, we gonna be alright.” (Billboard)

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller also showed his respect to Phife with a tribute mix.

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