A Tribe Called Quest Documentary Details Creation of Queens Mural
Any way you spin it, A Tribe Called Quest are rap game legends. And legends usually leave their legacy in visual form for all to see as well as on their tracks. Back in June of this year, a mural honoring the Tribe was commissioned in Queens, N.Y. right in the streets from where Q-Tip, Ali Jarobi White and Phife Dawg hail. The side wall Nu Clear Dry Cleaners on the corner of Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street in the St. Albans Queens, New York—the same location where the guys filmed the music video for "Check The Rhime" back in 1991— was emblazoned with the words "A Tribe Called Quest Represent, Represent!" Today (Sept. 23) the Tribe released a mini-documentary describing how the wall came to be. Released via Okplayer, video runs under three minutes but packs of concentrated punch of hip-hop knowledge.
Theron Smith, one of the mural's organizers called the mural of form of "hip-hop hieroglyphics." The mural's artist, Vince Ballentine said the art is "a dedication to a group that was pivotal when it comes to what hip-hop history is and what my history is."
Back in early August, New York City's Mayor Bill DeBlasio officially renamed the location where the mural is situated, Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street, Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way in honor of the recently-passed rapper. The five-foot assassin died on March 22, 2016 in Contra Costa County, Calif. from diabetes. He was 45 years old. Phife's mother, Cheryl Taylor, and wife, Deisha Head Taylor, both make a cameos in the mini doc.
Check out the "A Tribe Called Quest Mural Grows in Queens" mini doc above.
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