His passing has been overshadowed by many since 2016 has been a particularly morbid year for music— Prince, Bowie and Lemmy just to name the brightest luminaries — but Malik Taylor, aka Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest’s death affected millions when he fell victim to diabetes back in the spring.
But the music he made with Tribe lives on, and now he’ll continue to be remembered on the very street he made famous in his rhymes; on Wednesday at City Hall in Lower Manhattan, New York mayor Bill DeBlasio will sign a bill to rename Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street to Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way.
The intersection is well renowned amongst fans of the band due to it being referenced in multiple lyrics such as the epochal “Steve Biko (Stir It Up)” among other ATCQ classics, and was the main hub where Phife and fellow band member Q-Tip first stoked and then furthered their bond together.
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Butch Rosser is a frequent writer, part-time DJ and full-time audiophile. In addition to his Treble contributions, he is currently at work on his first novel, The One Man Jihad. He lives with his fiancee and her cat.