Phife Dawg Got His Own Street Today. Watch It Being Unveiled (Video)
“Back in the days on the boulevard of Linden, we used to kick routines and presence was fittin’.” 25 years ago, those words opened A Tribe Called Quest’s “Check The Rhime,” from their album, The Low End Theory. Now, the same Linden Boulevard upon which Tribe kicked those rhymes has been dedicated to late, great ATCQ member, Phife Dawg.
In July, it was announced that the block of Linden Boulevard and 192th Street would be named Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way. Today (November 19), that became a reality as Tribe members Q-Tip and Jarobi gathered with Phife’s family, friends and fans to attend the unveiling ceremony. Jarobi said of the memorial, “I see some of my dudes who I’ve actually logged mad hours with on this corner, in front of this store. It’s a dope thing. Like people get murals and tributes to them all over the place, but to have a mural on the very block, the very street that we walked every day? Wrote rhymes up and down this block, battle people, have people come from other neighborhoods to battle me and Phife—you know, all kinds of stuff.”
Footage of the unveiling was captured by several of the event’s attendees, and can be viewed below
Phife’s dedication comes a week after the release We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service, the first ATCQ in 18 years, and the final in the group’s storied catalog. The album reached the top of the Billboard 200 album charts, in its first week.