Veteran rap group A Tribe Called Quest‘s legacy will soon live on a dry cleaners business in the trio’s Queens, New York hometown.
According to reports, street art in the group’s memory is being put together.
The street art, commissioned by fans, will be painted on the side of Nu-Clear Cleaners, the dry cleaner where the group shot its “Check The Rhime” video back in ’91. The building sits on Linden Boulevard … the street that’s soon-to-be co-named A Tribe Called Quest Blvd. TMZ got this mock-up of artist Vince Ballentine’s design — an obvious shout-out to their iconic “Midnight Marauders” album. (TMZ)
In April, rap star Kanye West paid homage to late ATCQ member Phife Dawg at a star-studded New York City memorial.
“[A Tribe Called Quest’s] Low End Theory was the first album I ever bought and I stayed in the suburbs of Chicago with my stepfather, my mama, it was her boyfriend, I called him my stepfather. I’d always get into trouble listening to music during the week and I had to go to detention or study hall, whatever they called it but I enjoyed it because I had that Tribe tape. It didn’t really matter how long that walk was.” (YouTube)
OutKast’s Andre 3000 also remembered Phife at the event.
While discussing Tribe’s influence, André 3000 revealed during his speech that A Tribe Called Quest and Outkast were discussing doing an album together in recent years. (Pitchfork)
Kanye made sure to also pay homage to Phife on Twitter.