Phife Dawg, a masterful lyricist whose witty wordplay was a linchpin of the groundbreaking hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, died Tuesday from complications resulting from diabetes, his family said in a statement on Wednesday. He was 45.
Born Malik Isaac Taylor, he was known as the "Five Foot Assassin" because he was 5 feet 3 inches tall.
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Authorities announced a $50,000 reward last week for information that helps solve the killing of a rapper known as ``Young B The Future,'' who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles. The crime occurred on Dec. 8, 2014, about 3:40 p.m. in the 300 block of East 118th Street. Brandon Fields, 26, was walking on the street near his home when he was shot. ... read more »
A rapper who allegedly was threatened with a gun and beaten by The Game during a Hollywood Hills party in 2012 suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result, a psychologist testified this week. Luis Zapata told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bruguera that although plaintiff Glocc 40 also is an actor, the singer's demeanor during therapy indicated he was being forthright. ... read more »
Think It’s A Game Records’ Rich Homie Quan’s irresistible smash “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” distributed by Empire Distribution, claims its independence in the number 1 slot over the July 4th holiday weekend as the most played song on urban radio. ... read more »