Late last night, A Tribe Called Quest co-founder and celebrated MC Phife Dawg passed away at the age of 45. Following the tragic news, members of the hip-hop community and musicians from all over the world took to social media to pay their respects. In particular, Questlove shared a lengthy message on his Instagram where he wrote about Phife's legacy and thanked him for his contributions.
Chuck D, Just Blaze, Statik Selektah, Mac Miller, Young Guru, 9th Wonder, Swizz Beatz, DJ Premier, and more also took to social media to remember Phife and offer their condolences to his family and loved ones. Kendrick Lamar, who is on tour in Australia, took some time out of his show in Sydney last night to speak to the crowd about Phife and the influence that he had on his career. The outpouring of tributes for Phife is just a small example of the impact and importance he had on hip-hop and the culture. Read a collection of the tributes below and we'll continue to add more as they come in throughout the day.