A Tribe Called Quest Is Getting Its Own Mural in Queens
A Tribe Called Quest is getting a special tribute. Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White and the late Phife Dawg will soon be immortalized in a mural to be painted on a building in Queens.
The art will appear on the side of Nu-Clear Cleaners, which appeared in the legendary hip-hop collective's 1991 video for "Check the Rhime." The building sits on Linden Boulevard, which, if all goes well, may soon be co-named A Tribe Called Quest Boulevard.
Tribe fans commissioned the mural, which recently received a mock-up by artist Vince Ballentine. The mock-up features the four group members' faces placed between the wall's five windows. The background will be black with red and green stripes -- the same design as the cartoon-like character on the cover of the classic album, Midnight Marauders. Meanwhile, the words "A Tribe Called Quest" will go above the rappers' likenesses with the words "Represent, Represent" underneath.
According to TMZ, the tribute is expected to be green-lit in the coming weeks. New York City council member Daneek Miller tells the media outlet that the paperwork was submitted last month, and nobody has objected the mural thus far.
The hip-hop community was saddened in late March, when Phife Dawg died at the age of 45 due to complications from diabetes. And it seems Phife was hard at work even during the twilight of his life. The lyrical great and avid New York City sports fan had plans to release two albums in 2016.
Stay tuned to XXL as more news about the mural develops. And, as always, rest in power to Phife Dawg.
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