Few artists changed their respective industries quite like Malik Isaac Taylor, better known to the world as Phife Dawg. A founding member of the influential hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg earned acclaim and pushed the limits of the genre into new sounds and rhythms on such pioneering albums like “The Low End Theory” and “Midnight Maurders.” Known for his gruff, intense music style – which paired well with the softer preferences of fellow member Q-Tip – Phife was an essential figure of hip hop throughout much of the 1990s.
New broke earlier this morning that Phife has passed away at the age of 45, and reflections from members of the industry have been pouring in left and right. It’s a testament to the group’s power that musicians aren’t the only ones honoring the late artist, and this morning has seen a ton of actors pay their respects on social media. Check out some of Hollywood’s reflections below, and be sure to honor Phife Dawg today by putting on an album or watching Michael Rapaport’s great 2011 documentary “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.”