Street Named After Phife Dawg Will Be Unveiled in November
Linden Boulevard at 192nd Street is the location where Phife Dawg will be immortalized. The spot holds a specific significance as it is where Phife met Q-Tip. A Tribe Called Quest would famously reference Linden Boulevard in their classic single "Check the Rhime."
"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."
Phife Dawg's memory will receive further recognition with a new A Tribe Called Quest album. Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid let the news slip back in August.
"[It is] a brand new album that they recorded before Phife [Dawg] passed away,” Reid said on the 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.”
Following Phife Dawg's death, a new single recorded was also released. The J Dilla-produced "Nutshell" showed that Phife was still in top form before his untimely passing.
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