The rap icon, real name Malik Taylor, died in March (16), aged 45, and in August (16), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill to posthumously salute Phife for his contribution to Big Apple culture with a street dedication.

Now the hip-hop star's wife, Deisha Head Taylor, has announced the corner of Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street in Queens will bear her husband's name from 19 November (16).

The big reveal will take place on the eve of what would have been Phife's 46th birthday.

"The thought of having Linden Boulevard at 192, renamed to Malik 'Phife Dawg' Taylor is indescribable," she declares in a statement. "This is a perfect representation of who Malik was, and what Queens meant to him. Whenever he mentioned Queens, Linden Boulevard at 192, was a focal point of reference, so I am certain he would be pleased with having it renamed in his honor."

The idea for the street honour had initially been proposed by fans in a petition shortly after Phife's passing from complications related to diabetes.

The corner where Linden Boulevard intersects with 192nd Street is already steeped in A Tribe Called Quest history as it is widely recognised as the birthplace of the group, fronted by Q-Tip. The street was referenced in a number of their songs, including Steve Biko (Stir It Up) and Check the Rhime, for which they shot the music video outside Nu-Clear Cleaners, a dry cleaning business on the road back in 1991.

The block has since also been decorated with a mural dedicated to Phife.