18 years later and A Tribe Called Quest are releasing their next album. At the same time, their deceased partner of the two-man rap duo, Phife Dawg is getting his own street. On Saturday, Queens, New York unveiled a street name in honor of Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor. It is located at the intersection of 192nd St. and Linden Blvd., called “Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Way”.
The other half of the duo, Q-Tip was at the ceremony, along with Busta Rhymes. Busta Rhymes guest appeared on the group’s albums, “The Low End Theory” and “We Got It From Here…. Thank You 4 Your Service”. The unveiling was recorded by video director, Michael Rapaport, who was the director of the rap group’s 2011 documentary (Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest). Rapaport broadcasted the unveiling on Twitter.
As they removed the covering sheath from the commemorative street sign (which sits below the Linden Blvd. sign), fans stood around chanting Phife’s name. Q-Tip also addressed the crowd and informed them, “This is no coincidence. 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.”
Phife’s mother was also present, as she talked about her son growing up in the Queens, NY area. She informed everyone of how much the tribute would have meant to Phife Dawg, if he was still alive. Those that have listen to A Tribe Called Quest’s music know that this was a familiar location in their lyrics.