With today’s sad news of the passing of Phife Dawg of rap pioneers A Tribe Called Quest at the age of just 45, it seems fitting to look back on the group’s biggest hit, 1991’s Can I Kick It?
Born Malik Isaac Taylor, he co-founded the ATCQ in 1985 with school classmates Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. He had been struggling with ill health and diabetes for several years, and received a kidney transplant from his wife in 2008.
The band recently marked the 25th anniversary of their debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
If you’re young enough to have missed out on all this first time around, you could do no better than checking out some of their discography and discovering the true origins of much of today’s rap and hip hop.
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?