Phife Dawg

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Phife Dawg
Phife Dawg enjoying 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 45)
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 the single "Oh My God" from the group's third album, Midnight Marauders, and he does indeed have diabetes.[4]

Phife Dawg is also an avid sports fan, so much so that he's been featured on various radio shows and sports programming on ESPN.[5]


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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