A Tribe Called Quest will forever be revered as one of the greatest hip hop groups in history due to their music -- the great beats and even better lyrics. Now, the lyrics from one song in particular that mentioned Linden Boulevard has inspired a tribute mural of the late Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed and Jarobi, painted on the side of a building on that very same street.
The vision came from Queens artist Vince Ballentine, who decided to submit the proper paper work to Queens, NY officials, including Councilman Daneek Miller, requesting permission to paint the faces of the four hip hop legends on LInden Boulevard, as reported by Vibe. Their 1991 single "Check the Rhime" off their sophomore album, The Low End Theory, opened with the lyrics, "Back in the days on the boulevard of Linden, we used to kick routines and presence was fittin'."
Once the request is approved by city officials, the group's "presence" will forever be "fittin" on the side of Nu Clear Cleaners, where the music video for the '91 single was filmed, according to Brooklyn Vegan. As originally reported by TMZ, the paperwork for the tribute mural was submitted last month and is it stands, there have been no objection from anyone.
A mock up of the mural has been provided which, in addition to the faces of all four group members, also features the words "A Tribe Called Quest Represent, Represent," as seen in the TMZ article.
Ballentine's Instagram displays his talent through some of his other artwork depicting people like actor Morgan Freeman.
Because @morgan_freeman_official_ is @god it's only right. @amenra718 thanks for the wall space and the intro to some good people. #street #art #graffiti #sprayart #newyork #new #brooklyn #montana94 #dope
A photo posted by Vince (@vballentine99) on Jun 1, 2016 at 3:14pm PDT
The tribute mural would be a great way to acknowledge not only the music but, also the legacy of deceased member Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor) who died on March 22, 2016.