Although the loss of Phife Dawg reverberates greatly in hip hop, his family and friends have worked tirelessly to keep his memory alive.
In August it was announced that the intersection of Linden Blvd. and 192nd St., where Phife was born, will be named after him: Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way. His family has now revealed that the street’s re-christening will happen on Saturday, November 19th at 1:00pm EST.
Phife’s wife, Deisha Head Taylor, says, “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.”
His mother, poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, added, “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. and 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 celebrate, a commemorative t-shirt and hoodie has be made through Teespring, and are available now:
Phife follows the late Pumpkinhead, who has a Brooklyn street named in his honor, and a stretch of Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, which has been renamed Hip Hop Boulevard.