Women in Music 2016

Phife Dawg Fans Launch Petition To Rename Queens Street In Tribe Called Quest's Honor

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Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest photographed on April 27, 2011 in New York City.  

A Change.org petition seeking to rename a stretch of Linden Boulevard in Queens in honor of late A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg has almost reached its 5,000 signature limit.

As of press time, it had gained 3,125 signatures. "Sadly, this week it was reported that Malik 'Phife Dawg' Isaac Taylor of the Iconic Hip Hop group A Tribe Called Quest has died," reads the 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."

Since Taylor's death on Tuesday due to complications from diabetes at age 45 a number of fellow rappers and hip-hop writers have paid tribute to the "Five Foot Assassin."

One of the rapper's longtime friends and collaborator on the classic 1991 song "Scenario," Busta Rhymes, wrote an extended Instagram post about his friend of nearly 28 years.

"I had to spend the last 2 days going thru a lot of honest thoughts and emotions b 4 I spoke because this one hurts soooo fucking much," Busta wrote. "I can't begin to explain what @iamthephifer and @qtiptheabstract and @jarobiwhite and @alishaheed means to me and how much they have done for my life. These guys are my big brothers, my friends, and the dudes that always protected me frm the bullshit that came with life both personally and professionally in a way that only big brothers can do it."

He pointed to the accompanying picture from Dec. 5, 2015, which he called one of his "most magical moments" in a 25-year music career. The scene is from the first-ever performance of "What's the Scenario" original version and a remix with all the original members of the Leaders of the New School and A Tribe Called Quest.

"That night was so magical with all of the love that was under one roof that it's too much to get into the details of but again please take another look at this picture, if u notice @iamthephifer had his hand on my back consoling me as I kneeled down to give thanks crying tears of joy because of how proud of a moment that was for me being able to end a 4 hour set with brothers who put me in a position where I was able to tell my mother she will not have to work for anyone over 20 yrs ago," Rhymes said. See below for Busta's full tribute.

 

 

I had to spend the last 2 days going thru a lot of honest thoughts and emotions b 4 I spoke because this one hurts soooo fucking much. I can't begin to explain what @iamthephifer and @qtiptheabstract and @jarobiwhite and @alishaheed means to me and how much they have done for my life. These guys are my big brothers, my friends, and the dudes that always protected me frm the bullshit that came with life both personally and professionally in a way that only big brothers can do it. If u look at this picture closely, on the night of one of my my most magical moments in my 25 year journey in music DEC.5th 2015, I was able to have a dream come true in a way that it never had and that was to perform What's the scenario (original and the rmx) for the 1st time ever back to back with all of the original members of Leaders of the New School and A Tribe Called Quest since we recorded these songs in 1991 & 1992. That night was so magical with all of the love that was under one roof that it's too much to get into the details of but again please take another look at this picture, if u notice @iamthephifer had his hand on my back consoling me as I kneeled down to give thanks crying tears of joy because of how proud of a moment that was for me being able to end a 4 hour set with brothers who put me in a position where I was able to tell my mother she will not have to work for anyone over 20 yrs ago. The belief that they had in me puttin' me and Leaders on that record, putting me last on the record because back then being last on the record meant EVERYTHING, I had no idea at that time what they were setting me up in life to be but thru out the years it was so consistent their love and concern for my well being that it was no way I couldn't see it. Ever since that concert I have had the opportunity to spend time with Phife way more than I have been able to in over 10yrs. I've known this man for over 28yrs and I think I've seen him in the last 4 months the happiest that I've seen him in a very long time. It was apparent that every wish that he had was coming true and I can honestly say that I was witnessing the anointing frm a bird's eye view 1st hand. Until we meet again King, RIP

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