Phife Dawg Honored With Street Named After Him in New York
The late Phife Dawg was honored yesterday (Nov. 19) during a huge ceremony in New York City, as Linden Blvd in Queens was renamed Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor Way.
The event took place at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Linden Blvd. and 192nd St. in Queens, N.Y., where a huge crowd gathered. Of course the likes of Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes were on hand to take in the special moment in homage of the late A Tribe Called Quest member.
“This is no coincidence,” Q-Tip said, addressing the crowd. “This is divine order. So I want everybody to remember this album we put out has nothing to do with us…fame and notoriety. It’s for reason and purpose. That same reason and purpose is instilled and embedded in every one of you. Don’t give up. Don’t give up. Don’t feel bad because you have to sometimes do what you have to do to survive and to do better for yourself and your family.”
Fans, family and friends chanted "Phife" before the street marker was unveiled to the applause of those in attendance.
This is another win for the Tribe. The group recently put out their first album in 18 years, We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, which is getting good reviews.
Phife joins Run-DMC one of the only hip-hop artists who have been honored with a street named after them in their hometown. The ground-breaking group was the first to get the prestigious honor in 2009 when the corner of 205th Street and Hollis Avenue was renamed Run-DMC JMJ Way.
Streets named after The Notorious B.I.G. and Big Pun have also been proposed in the past, but have yet to be approved.
Check out more footage from Phife's street sign unveiling, below.
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