A Queens Councilman Is Seeking To Memorialize The Legacy Of A Tribe Called Quest With A Mural
In history, A Tribe Called Quest has joined legends like Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, and Nas in making Queens, New York an iconic Hip-Hop landmark. Following the death of founding member Phife Dawg, one business on the Linden Boulevard that A.T.C.Q. rapped about (and another politician) want the world to know about that impact.
Nu-Clear Drive-In Cleanrs [sic] on Linden was part of the site for one of A Tribe Called Quest’s most beloved videos, 1991’s “Check The Rhime.” According to TMZ, local Councilman Daneek Miller is trying to commission a mural celebrating A Tribe Called Quest. The proposed mural would feature the faces of the quartet with its signature red, green, and black—with an homage to Midnight Marauders track “Steve Biko (Stir It Up).” Notably, the mock-up of the Nu-Clear mural was designed by Vince Ballentine, who also created the artwork to the aforementioned platinum-certified 1993 Jive Records LP. While Jarobi was notably not on the album, he would return to the lineup for touring in the 2000s through today.
In addition to the mural, a Change.org petition with more than 5,000 signatures is attempting to rename the 192 Street to 193 Street block of Linden as A Tribe Called Quest Boulevard. The petition is still actively collecting signatures.
Throughout New York City, existing murals have been commissioned to celebrate the lives of late Hip-Hop artists including Big Pun, Big L, Tupac Shakur, and Sean Price.
A.T.C.Q.’s Q-Tip, Phife, Jarobi, and Ali Shaheed all hail from Queens.