Late hip-hop pioneer Phife Dawg‘s fans are a little bit closer to having a street named after his iconic A Tribe Called Quest rap crew this week.

According to reports, a petition to have a Queens, New York street renamed has nearly reached its 5,000 signatures goal.

Sources involved in the campaign tell us they crossed another hurdle — getting Phife’s family to sign off on the plan. We’re told NYC requires such approval before putting a celeb name on a street sign. Also, Councilman Daneek Miller says he’s fully behind the plan because “A Tribe Called Quest is fundamentally important to the history of Queens.” (TMZ)

Check out A Tribe Called Quest, Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller’s reactions on the next page…

A Tribe Called Quest issued a statement on his passing once the news went last week.

“Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting. It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed. The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy… until he heeded his fathers call.

We love his family his mother, his father, his son, his wife, his nieces, his family here in New York, Atlanta, California and Trinidad.

Thank you for the outpouring of prayers and support from the fans, fellow artists, music outlets, blogs, radio stations, DJ’s, social media and the music community at large. This too is part of his joy and means a lot to him. His family is overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and are thankful. His music and what he’s contributed is seismic and hard to measure. He’s affected us as much as he’s affected all of you. We’re inspired by his daily joy and courage. He wasn’t in pain. He was happy. We take comfort in knowing he will be beside his grandmother.” (Statement)

Last week, rap star Kendrick Lamar paid homage to Phife during an Australia concert.

As the packed arena’s audience held their phones aloft, Lamar said, “Today, we lost one of the pioneers in hip-hop, by the name of Phife Dawg. Right now, ain’t nobody cheering about me. We’re gonna give it up for him, for allowing me to do what I’m doing on this stage right here, right now, today.” Then, he led the massive crowd in a call-and-response “Phife Dawg” chant, before concluding that “Forever hip-hop, we gonna be alright.” (Billboard)

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller also showed his respect to Phife with a tribute mix last week.

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