Phife Dawg’s passing at the age 45 in 2016 stunned hip-hop fans around the world. As the “everyman” A Tribe Called Quest, the man born Malik Taylor was a fixture 1990s hip-hop and a part one the genre’s most visionary groups. In a bittersweet testament to the group’s enduring popularity, a new A Tribe Called Quest album was announced months after Phife’s death.
Mostly completed in the months before Phife’s death (as opposed to using pre-recorded material posthumously), We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service marked Tribe’s return after 18 years and despite the loss Phife, fans were understandably excited for the new project. And the album was very well-received, earning a Grammy nomination.
In tribute to Phife and the legacy ATCQ, here’s a look at ten the videos that not only defined the group; but also a large segment what hip-hop meant to the Yo! MTV Raps generation.