May 17th Designated "Phife Dawg Day" In Oakland
Friday night (May 17th), the late Phife Dawg was honored at a sold-out event in San Francisco, California at San Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The event, A Tribute T A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders, also marked the occasion for the city of Oakland to denote May 17th as "Phife Dawg Day."
It was Lyz Luke, director of Undercover Presents, who read mayor Libby Schaaf's declaration alongside producer Starita, who worked extensively on We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service. Also in attendance where Phife's mother Cheryl Boyce Taylor and his widow Deisha Head Taylor.
“A Tribe Called Quest is being celebrated this week with Bay Area bands, producers and artists celebrating the group’s groundbreaking album Midnight Marauders,” Starita read. “Now, therefore be it, we proclaim Friday, May 17, 2019 is Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Day.”
Phife Dawg, originally from Queens, lived in Oakland, his wife's hometown, for the last 15 years of his life. It was where he would work on his last Tribe album as well as his final solo album with Starita. It was in March of 2016 that the legendary rapper passed away in his California home due to complication related to his long battle with diabetes.