Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor was a native son of Queens, NY and in the wake of his untimely passing, his friends and family seek to honor him with a permanent memorial in his hometown.
His friend and bandmate in A Tribe Called Quest Jarobi White listed three things on his Facebook page that he would like to see for his brother:
“Things I want for Phife…
(1)Sayres Ave from 180st to Merrick Blvd renamed Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Ave.
(2)St. Albans park renamed Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor park (aka Tha Phiferdome) lol And most importantly….
(3) His likeness on the mural in St Albans.
Help me accomplish these things in his name. Start a petition. I don’t know. Something…”
In swift order one of his wishes is being put into motion. A petition has been created to rename St. Albans Park into Malik “Phife Dog” Taylor Park. You can sign it here:
The famed mural in St. Albans currently features luminaries of Black history like Jackie Robinson, Billie Holiday, “Fats” Waller and many more. But another mural has already been erected in Phife’s honor on a Queens, NY street. Rapper Pharoahe Monch shared the image on his Instagram page.
A street renaming has not been confirmed but a precedent has been set. The corner of 205th Street and Hollis in Queens was rechristened “Run-D.M.C. JMJ Way” after pioneering Hip Hop trio Run-DMC and the group’s fallen member, Jam Master Jay in 2009. And Brooklyn MC Robert “Pumpkinhead” Diaz, who passed away suddenly in 2015, will have a street in his Park Slope neighborhood renamed in his honor later this year.
Q-Tip dedicated his “Abstract Radio” show on Apple’s Beats 1 to Phife’s memory on Saturday, playing two hours of exclusives and live performances, as well as memories from artists like Outkast and Kendrick Lamar. You can listen to that below.