Phife Dawg fans finally have a date for the official unveiling of the street renamed after him in his honor.
Since A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Phife Dawg passed away in March, fans all over the world have showed an outpouring of love and support for he and his family. They will be glad to know that the place he called home will be honoring him properly.
It was announced back in July that the New York mayor’s office approved the renaming of portion of Linden Boulevard to “Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Way.” Now, there is an official date for the unveiling, Nov. 19. One day before what would have been his 46th birthday.
The renaming will be at the intersection of Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street where ATCQ shot the video for their 1991 classic “Check The Rhime.” The laundrymat where they performed the song has already been blessed with a mural in Phife’s honor.
“The thought of having Linden Boulevard at 192, renamed to Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor is indescribable,” says Phife’s wife Deisha Head Taylor in a press release. “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…We are extremely grateful for those who were part of the entire process; from the initial effort to the signing of the bill, this historical moment means so much to his family, friends, and fans.”
If you want to take a part of this history with you, or if you can’t make it to the unveiling, you can purchase the official t-shirt here.