Top Dawg Entertainment’s Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller are the latest hip-hop artists to come forward to remember the legacy of late musician Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor.
K. Dot shouted out Dawg’s memory during an Australia concert Wednesday (March 23).
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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Buzz about Phife’s untimely passing surfaced online Wednesday (March 23) morning.
Rolling Stone has confirmed the rapper’s death, though an official statement has yet to be released. While the cause of death has yet to be announced, Taylor had had health issues for years, undergoing a kidney transplant in 2008 to deal with a longtime battle with Type 1 diabetes. (Rolling Stone)
The shocking passing has sparked reactions from various hip-hop artists.
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