Phife Dawg Will Be Immortalized As A King With A Street In Queens

The same day (July 30) that A Tribe Called Quest’s Beats, Rhymes & Life celebrates its 20th birthday, there is some important news surrounding the late Phife Dawg. The MC/producer born Malik Taylor will reportedly be immortalized by an official New York City-sanctioned street re-naming in Queens, New York.

Okayplayer reports that Phife Dawg’s management confirmed that the block of Linden Boulevard and 192th Street will be renamed Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way. This is in close proximity to where Phife was raised, and A Tribe Called Quest was formed with Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi. This action follows a petition with more than 5,000 signatures to rename part of Linden after the group.


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According to the report, the name-change will be made official on August 3 at 10am at Lower Manhattan’s City Hall. 

Other Hip-Hop artists including the Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch and Brooklyn Academy’s Robert “Pumpkinhead” Diaz have had official New York City names (streets, parks) named in their honor.

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Last month, a local councilman sought to commission an A Tribe Called Quest mural in Queens.

Phife Dawg died March 23 of this year, from kidney failure. He was 45 years old.

#BonusBeat: Celebrate Phife, Tip, and Ali on this 20th anniversary Beats, Rhymes & Life sample-driven mix by Chris Read at WhoSampled:

Tribe’s fourth album featured Faith Evans and Consequence, with extensive production by The Ummah (Q-Tip, J Dilla, Ali Shaheed Muhammad)