According to a Facebook post by DJ Rasta Root, Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor‘s friend and DJ, a New York City street will officially be named after the late A Tribe Called Quest emcee at 10 a.m. EST on August 3.
The New York City Mayor’s office said the Mayor Bill de Blasio is signing the bill to co-name Linden Boulevard at 192 Street to Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way. It was there that he and childhood friend Q-Tip formed A Tribe Called Quest. They eventually became one of the most highly regarded and influential Hip Hop groups of all time.
Tragically, Phife Dawg died at age 45 on March 22, 2016 from complications stemming from his battle with diabetes.
After his passing, Beats 1 premiered “Nutshell,” an unreleased Phife Dawg song produced by J Dilla. A portion of the proceeds were donated to the American Diabetes Association and the National Kidney Foundation.
“I love it,” Rasta Root said via text message. “We saw the process through in conjunction with the mayor’s office. He loved everything about his block. He was it and it was him. It makes perfect sense to me. Things have come full circle.”