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Reporter pays tribute to Phife Dawg, drops A Tribe Called Quest lyrics in his traffic report

Phife Dawg

Yo, microphone check one two what is this
The five foot assassin with the ruffneck business
I float like gravity, never had a cavity
Got more rhymes than the Winans got family

With the untimely passing of Phife Dawg yesterday (real name – Malik Taylor), the Hip Hop community lost an iconic, influential, and above all else, beloved figure. Comprising 1/3 of the group A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg passed away at the age of 45 after a long drawn out battle with Diabetes.

Amidst the expected outpouring of love, support and kind words that followed news of his passing, one of the more creative and heartwarming tributes came from the most unlikely of sources: a morning TV news crew from Atlanta.

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On Atlanta’s WSB-TV morning show yesterday, traffic reporter Mark Arum and newscaster Fred Blankenship cleverly infused some of Phife Dawg’s more memorable lyrics into their morning weather report.

Note, though, that the “Ludicrously speedy, or infectious with the slow-mo” line is from Q-Tip, not Phife Dawg. Nonetheless, you might say that the entire production was “smooth like butter.”

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.

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