New York City Co-Names Street After Phife Dawg Of A Tribe Called Quest

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New York City Co-Names Street After Phife Dawg Of A Tribe Called QuestA Tribe Called Quest, and now everyone who passes an intersection in his stomping grounds of Queens, New York City will see his name.

On Saturday afternoon, Linden Blvd. – at the intersection with 192 St. in the Saint Albans neighborhood of Queens -has been co-named Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Way in honor of the rapper/producer. Taylor died in March from complications from diabetes.

Okayplayer reported the news of the street renaming several months ago, but Saturday was the official ceremony. The intersection has significance for A Tribe Called Quest: they shot the video for “Check The Rhime” on the Nu-Clear dry cleaners at the corner, and Phife and Q-Tip grew up on the block.

A mural dedicated to the group was completed earlier this summer on the side of Nu-Clear, showing all four members’ faces imposed on a red, black and green canvas that duplicates the iconic The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders album covers.

Attendees at the ceremony included Phife’s parents, his widow, other family members, A Tribe Called Quest cohorts Q-Tip and Jarobi, and extended Tribe family Busta Rhymes and Consequence.

The event comes a week after the group released their final album, We Got It From here… Thank You 4 Your Service, and performed on Saturday Night Live in an episode hosted by Dave Chappelle. Sunday, November 20, would have been Phife Dawg’s 46th birthday.

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