A Tribe Called Quest have announced “A Celebration of Phife,” a special event tomorrow morning to honor the late Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor. Details are few, but the memorial begins at 10:30 a.m. April 4 in Queens’ St. Albans Park, the neighborhood where members of the group grew up. According to the event website, “The first 200 fans to arrive will receive something very special!”
Since news of Phife’s death broke on March 23, the Five-Foot Assassin has garnered tributes and remembrances from artists including ?uestlove, Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, André 3000, and Pharrell. “When you met him, you were meeting the person you fell in love with in the music,” said Michael Rapaport, director of the 2011 documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.
There are also petitions afoot to rename St. Albans Park and a stretch of adjacent Linden Boulevard after Phife, as suggested by original Tribe member Jarobi White. Perhaps a mystery memorial on a Monday morning has something to do with the future of Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Park and/or Boulevard? We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out.