Phife Dawg

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Phife Dawg
Candid photo of rapper Phife Dawg eating Funyuns (2009)
Background information
Birth name Malik Isaac Taylor
Also known as Five Foot Assassin
The Five Footer, Phife Diggy
Born (1970-11-20) November 20, 1970 (age 44)
Origin St. Albans, Queens, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1988 - present
Labels Jive
Groove Attack Records
Associated acts A Tribe Called Quest
Pete Rock
Supa Dave West

Malik Isaac Taylor[1] (born November 20, 1970), better known by his stage name Phife Dawg (or simply Phife), is an American rapper of Trinidadian descent,[2] and 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 is also known as the "Five Foot Assassin" and "The Five Footer", because he stands at 5 ft 3 in.

In addition to being a member of pioneering hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, Phife has performed in songs with other artists. He was featured on the Fu-Schnickens song "La Schmoove", Diamond D's "Painz & Strife" along with Pete Rock, Chi-Ali's "Let the Horns Blow" with Dres, Al' Tariq and Trugoy. In 2000, he released his debut solo album, Ventilation: Da LP. As of 2013 it was reported that Phife is working on a solo album titled MUTTYmorPHosis.[3]

He is a playable character in the video game NBA 2K7 and NBA 2K9. Phife Dawg has mentioned being a "Funky Diabetic" in Tribe Called Quest songs, and he does indeed have diabetes.[4]


Studio albums



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  2. ^ Phife Dawg: His Name Is Mutty Ranks HipHopDX. Accessed on November 24, 2010.
  3. ^ WENN (28 Nov 2013). "A Tribe Called Quest | Phife Dawg Pens Song Tribute To J. Dilla". Retrieved 28 Nov 2013. 
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