QUEENS, NY – The late great Phife Dawg is set to be honored with a street in Queens named after him that will be unveiled November 19 at 1 p.m. EST, according to a press release.
The Tribe Called Quest member will be paid tribute to when a portion of Linden Boulevard at 192nd Street is changed to “Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Way” at the ceremony.
Phife Dawg’s wife, Deisha Head Taylor, led the charge to have her husband honored with the street that he repped multiple times in his music, including on “Check The Rhime” and “Steve Biko.” She worked closely with Councilman Daneek Miller to get the tribute approved. The bill was officially signed in August by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio after Phife Dawg passed away in March from complications due to diabetes.
“The thought of having Linden Boulevard at 192, renamed to Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor is indescribable,” Mrs. Taylor exclaimed. “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. 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.”
Teespring partnered with Phife Dawg’s family and best friend, Dion Liverpool, to make an official T-shirt commemorating the honor. The shirt shows the new street sign and a lyric from “Jazz (We’ve Got).” Liverpool says this is official merchandise, complete with a logo paying homage to the Five Foot Assassin.