In early August, it was announced that the late Malik “Phife” Taylor, more commonly known as Phife Dawg — rapper and member of A Tribe Called Quest — would have a Queens street renamed in his honor. On Tuesday (Oct. 25), more details regarding the public unveiling were shared.
As of Nov. 19, the portion of Linden Boulevard at 192nd Street — where the “Check the Rhime” video was filmed and a freshly painted Tribe mural is displayed — will bear the name Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way.
Taylor’s wife, Deisha Head Taylor, said in a press release, “The thought of having Linden Boulevard at 192, renamed to Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor is indescribable. 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.”
She expressed her gratitude on behalf of all who supported and loved Phife Dawg. “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.”
Additionally, Taylor’s mother said the renaming of the street “has made my American Dream come through.” She continued, “I am so happy. He was an incredible child. I was blessed to know and love him.”
In commemoration of the unveiling, limited-edition shirts are available for order and can be purchased here.