A Tribe Called Quest to hold public Phife Dawg celebration in a New York park

The celebration of Phife will take place at St. Albans Park in Queens, the morning of April 4

A Tribe Called Quest are to hold a public memorial event in honour of their late founder member Phife Dawg, who passed away late last month.

Announcing the event via their website, the Queens hip-hop icons have invited friends to attend St Alban’s Park, posting a map alongside a message about ‘something special’ for the first 200 to arrive.

The website reads:

“To all our loving fans: Please meet us at St. Albans Park in Queens, NY on April 4th at 10:30am. The first 200 fans to arrive will receive something very special!”

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Phife Dawg passed away aged 45 on March 22, from complications from long-running diabetes-related health issues.

He established A Tribe Called Quest in 1985 alongside Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Q-Tip. They went on to release albums including ‘The Low End Theory’ and ‘Beats, Rhymes and Life’.

Phife Dawg pursued a short-lived solo career with his only album, ‘Ventilation: Da LP’, released in 2000.

Since Phife’s death, fans have started a campaign to have a Queens street renamed after A Tribe Called Quest, while the hip-hop world has paid tribute to the late rapper.

The remaining members of the band released a statement calling his contribution ‘seismic‘.