The family of A Tribe Called Quest member, Phife, also known as Malik I. Taylor, has released a statement announcing that he has died, aged 45. “We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes. 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.” @djrastaroot, his manager adds, “While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people’s ears across the world. 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. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva.” The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time. Photo credit: @karlfergusonjr
It was announced earlier this week that a posthumous Phife Dawg single, which was originally slated to appear on his solo project Give Thanks, would arrive today. Ebro premiered "Nutshell", produced by another late great J Dilla, on his Beats 1 show this evening, and the video for the single will be premiering at the "A Celebration of Phife" event at the Apollo which can be streamed live. Listen to the single below via Spotify or here via Apple Music.
Update (4/5 9:49 p.m.): A video for "Nutshell" has been released.
The video features tributes from fellow ACTQ and Jungle Brothers members and was directed by Tony Reames. Watch below.