It feels like the whole world is mourning Phife Dawg after the Tribe MC passed away late last night (March 22) from complications due to diabetes. Rappers, producers and industry figures might be paying tribute in their own special ways across social media, but one TV station in Atlanta had their own unique twist on the unfortunate passing of the five foot assassin.

News correspondent Mark Atrum kicked his daily traffic report off by flipping different lyrics from Phife's catalog into phrases used to describe the flow of vehicles on the roads today (March 23).  "Comin' with more hits than the Braves or the Yankees," he starts, and later, "Are things ludicrously speedy or infectious with the slo-mo?" You can watch the whole thing up top.

It's a hilarious farewell, but one that's bittersweet, because as funny and quotable as Phife was, he's gone now, and he probably never got a news report dedicated to him until now.

Phife was planning on releasing two new projects this year involving 9th Wonder and Nottz. One was called Give Thanks because he felt like even with everything that afflicted his life, he was still grateful to be alive.

While Q-Tip, Jarobi and Ali Shaheed have yet to speak out on Phife's passing, the family has released an official statement. Read it below.

“We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes.

Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.”

Dion Liverpool, his manager adds, “While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people’s ears across the world. Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva.”

The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.

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