Phife Dawg enjoying Funyuns (2009)
|Birth name||Malik Isaac Taylor|
|Also known as||Five Foot Assassin
The Five Footer, Phife Diggy
|Born||November 20, 1970|
|Origin||St. Albans, Queens, New York, U.S.|
|Years active||1988 - present|
Groove Attack Records
|Associated acts||A Tribe Called Quest
Supa Dave West
Malik Isaac Taylor (born November 20, 1970), better known by his stage name Phife Dawg (or simply Phife), is an American rapper of Trinidadian descent, 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.
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.
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.
- Studio albums
- 2000: Ventilation: Da LP
- 1993: Who's the Man? – Gerald
- 1998: The Rugrats Movie – Newborn Baby
- 2011: Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest - Himself
- Phife Dawg: His Name Is Mutty Ranks HipHopDX. Accessed on November 24, 2010.
- WENN (28 Nov 2013). "A Tribe Called Quest | Phife Dawg Pens Song Tribute To J. Dilla". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 28 Nov 2013.
- Phife Dawg at the Internet Movie Database
- Phife Dawg on Twitter
- Phife Dawg's self-produced video blog
- Phife Dawg interview
- Listd.net Phife interview
- Phife Dawg interview Thermal Soundwaves
- Phife Dawg at MySpace
- Phife Dawg Exclusive Interview With Underground Kulture
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