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Phife Dawg
Phife Dawg in 2009
Background information
Birth name Malik Isaac Taylor
Also known as Five Foot Assassin
Born (1970-11-20)November 20, 1970
Origin St. Albans, Queens, New York, U.S.
Died March 22, 2016(2016-03-22) (aged 45)
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1988–2016
Labels Jive
Groove Attack Records
Associated acts A Tribe Called Quest
De La Soul
Jungle Brothers
J Dilla
Pete Rock
Busta Rhymes
Queen Latifah
Monie Love
Supa Dave West

Malik Isaac Taylor (November 20, 1970 – March 22, 2016), better known by his stage name Phife Dawg (or simply Phife), was an American rapper.


He was a member of the group A Tribe Called Quest with high school classmates Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (and for a short time Jarobi White). He was also known as the "Five Foot Assassin" and "The Five Footer", because he stood at 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m).


Taylor died on March 22, 2016 due to complications of diabetes at the age of 45.

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