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A Tribe Called Quest on Phife Dawg: 'We are devastated'

The remaining members of A Tribe Called Quest have issued a heartfelt statement mourning Phife Dawg, who died suddenly on Tuesday at age 45 after a long battle with diabetes. 
The rapper, born Malik Taylor but more commonly known as Phife or the 5 Foot Assassin, released five albums with the New York rap group between 1990 and 1998. From the group’s statement.

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As the news spread on Wednesday, musicians inside and outside of the hip-hop world paid tribute, including Kendrick Lamar, Questlove, Mark Ronson, Mac Miller, Chuck D and

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