Fans of New York hip-hop act A Tribe Called Quest have launched a petition to re-brand part of a street in their neighbourhood of Queens, New York in honour of the group.
Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, a founder member of the group, passed away at the age of 45 last week, from complications connected with diabetes, prompted the new petition.
“We are requesting the cooperation of Council Member I. Deneek Miller and Speaker Mark-Viverito to support our new proposed co-naming of Linden Boulevard between 192 Street and 193 Street to: A Tribe Called Quest Boulevard,” reads the petition, which are the time of writing has more than 2,500 signatures.
Phife Dawg, the founder member of the pioneering hip-hop group has battled ill-health for decades, having been diagnosed with diabetes in 1990.
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 also pursued a short-lived solo career with his only album, ‘Ventilation: Da LP’, released in 2000.
The group’s three remaining members Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White said in a statement: “Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting. It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed.
“The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy… until he heeded his fathers’ call.”