The world still misses and forever celebrates Phife. The late Malik Taylor would have been celebrating his 50th birthday on November 20, 2020; and Hip-Hop fans made sure to salute the legendary rapper known as Phife Dawg on his special day.
Phife died in 2016 at the age of 45 and was known as the rambunctious everyman of A Tribe Called Quest. The "Trini Gladiator" teamed with Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi in that beloved group, which carved a remarkable legacy over the course of six albums.
Phife's mother, poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, is prepping a book dedicated to her son for release early next year. In an interview with HipHopDX, Boyce-Taylor shared thoughts of her son on his birthday.
“He’s my guardian angel, he’s my friend, he is always there. I didn’t know that this was possible, but he’s always in my life. Sometimes, I will dream about him. Other times — I have the silliest little thing. I didn’t put it in the book, but his birthday is 11/20. And sometimes I’ll just be sitting there, thinking about him and I look up and the clock says 11:20. And I say, ‘Hi Malik [laughs]."
Check out some of the birthday shout-outs to the Five-Foot Assassin.
Happy 50th Birthday to KING Phife Dawg! I discusses in the new @iamrapaport podcast what he meant to me, Hip Hop & so many.— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) November 20, 2020
Now live @hearluminary at https://t.co/Q8XeE6KyIf pic.twitter.com/yHQgnVMxxj
Black Thought & Phife Freestylepic.twitter.com/6f2N6qC6Ng— •UPNORTHTRIPS• (@evboogie) November 20, 2020
Happy Birthday, Phife Dawg, who would have turned 50 today 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/gIpBOv8WQk— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) November 20, 2020
the five foot assassin would have been 50 today.— MASS APPEAL (@MassAppeal) November 20, 2020
Rest easy #PhifeDawg 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/TlpUmrNyvD
Happy 50th Birthday Phife Dawg!!! pic.twitter.com/JpQgAilObH— Consequence (@ItsTheCons) November 20, 2020
To celebrate what would have been his 50th birthday, here are the top 5 Phife Dawg verses of all time https://t.co/0NZqAxBsOj— The Source Magazine (@TheSource) November 20, 2020
Celebrating Phife Dawg's 50th birthday today with the blendtape 'DollarCabOnLinden'— DJ Filthy Rich (@djfilthyrich416) November 20, 2020
Phife 'Ventilation' x Pharcyde 'Labcabincalifornia'
Special thanks to @MichaelRapaport pic.twitter.com/CR08EJzk4H