Family of the late great hip-hop legend Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor will unveil the co-naming of a portion of Linden Boulevard at 192nd Street in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens on Saturday, November 19th at 1:00 pm EST. This celebration is open to the public and will take place one day before Phife birthday. The corner of the site is where the hip-hop classic “Check the Rhime” video was filmed, and recent A Tribe Called Quest mural is displayed, will now bare the name Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Way.
Phife Dawg family share their thoughts on the upcoming celebration
Phife’s wife, Deisha Head Taylor was instrumental in working with Councilman Daneek Miller’s office in choosing the name of the street as well as the logistics regarding the unveiling. Deisha stated The thought of having Linden Boulevard at 192, renamed to Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor is indescribable. 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.
Phife Dawg’s mother and renowned poet, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is passionate about the celebration and proclaims the following: I’m in awe as an immigrant mother. My family came from Trinidad to the US in the 50’s and 60’s. We worked as housekeepers, nannies and home attendants to educate ourselves and our children. For a moment I lost faith in this country. The renaming of 192nd St. & Linden after my son Malik, has made my American Dream come through. I am so happy. He was an incredible child. I was blessed to know and love him.
To commemorate this momentous occasion, Phife Dawg’s family has teamed up with Teespring to create an exclusive t-shirt that will be available for a limited time!