Phife Dawg, the late A Tribe Called Quest rapper, is to have a street named after him in his native Queens, NY.
Phife – real name Malik Izaak Taylor – passed away in March following complications from diabetes, a condition that the rapper was first diagnosed with in 1990. His death was met by wide-scale mourning from the hip-hop community and beyond, with artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West offering poignant tributes.
The latest tribute to Phife’s legacy comes in the form of the naming of a street corner in the rapper’s native Queens area of the US city. The corner of Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street, in the St. Albans neighbourhood of Queens, will be renamed the ‘Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way’.
Linden Boulevard holds particular significance in the A Tribe Called Quest legend, with the street being referenced numerous times by the group – Phife most notably namechecked it on ‘Check The Rhime’, the first single from ATCQ’s seminal second album ‘The Low End Theory’, rapping: “Back in days on the boulevard of Linden / We used to kick routines and the presence was fittin“, mirroring Q-Tip’s opening line.
Watch the video to ‘Check The Rhime’ below, which itself was shot on Linden Boulevard.
The tribute appears to have honoured a March petition that was started by ATCQ fans to recognise Phife in this manner.