Earlier this year, fans of a Tribe Called Quest started a petition to name a street corner in Queens after Phife Dawg.
Phife, who passed away in March at the age of 45 due to complications resulting from diabetes, was an iconic member of the group.
Their efforts were successful as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would eventually sign a bill to have Linden Blvd. and 192nd street renamed to Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor.
The unveiling ceremony is scheduled to take place on November 19 at 1 p.m. in St. Albans, Queens.
While many die hard Tribe fans may already know this, the location where Phife Dawg will be immortalized is very significant in the group’s history.
It is at Linden Boulevard and 192nd street that Phife originally met Q-Tip.
“The thought of having Linden Boulevard at 192, renamed to Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor is indescribable,” Phife’s wife Deisha Head Taylor said in a statement.
“This is a perfect representation of who Malik was, and what Queens meant to him. Whenever he mentioned Queens, Linden Boulevard at 192, was a focal point of reference, so I am certain he would be pleased with having it renamed in his honor.”
While it has yet to receive a release date, Phife Dawg will in fact be on the new Tribe Called Quest album, according to Epic Records C.E.O. L.A. Reid.
“[It is] a brand new album that they recorded before Phife [Dawg] passed away,” Reid said on Elliot Wilson’s Rap Radar Podcast.
“I’m really happy about it man, it’s really something special. It’s one of the things I’m most excited about over everything we’re working on.”
There’s no question that Phife was still in top form lyrically before his passing.
Just give the recently released “Nutshell,” which features production from the late J Dilla, a quick listen and you’ll more than likely agree.
Rest in Power Phife.