The Queens rapper will be honored in his home borough.
A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg will be permanently memorialized in New York City later this year after his unexpected death in March. Okayplayer confirms that Linden Boulevard at 192nd Street in Queens will be co-named Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way after NYC mayor Bill de Blasio signs at bill at City Hall on August 3.
It’s a fitting tribute, as Phife often used regional references in his lyrics, but with a particular finesse that made each mention sound familiar. As FACT contributor Andrew Friedman wrote in March: “Rappers have been repping their locales since before hip-hop existed, but Phife had a way with random references to his corner of New York City. It never felt like the provincial blinders of a world limited by a lack of opportunity, or the bluster of a modern teen ready to throw down for his obscure block on the Southside of Chicago. It just seemed like Phife had never considered people might not know what Carvel was. That is, he sounded like a true New Yorker.”