Queens is in the house - represent, represent.
A Tribe Called Quest is one of the most iconic groups in... well, all of the music world. They propelled hip hop and New York culture to another level.
This March, Phife Dawg, one of the original founding members of the group, passed away at the age of 45. The news shocked the hip hop world and artists quickly paid tribute to The Funky Diabetic. One tribute is still being completed but the significance is already greatly appreciated.
Vincent Ballentine has created a mural on the wall of a laundromat where the group shot their famous "Check The Rhime" music video in their native borough of Queens.
Ballentine teamed up with the artist who did the cover art for two of the groups albums, Midnight Marauders and The Low End Theory.
The mural was in the works for quite some time, but after the passing of Phife Dawg, the gears really started moving.
You can find the mural at Nu Clear Dry Cleaners on Linden Boulevard. Fans of Tribe will recognize the spot because it's the same laundromat that was used to host a mini concert for their "Check The Rhime" video.
The tribute was called a "community effort" by Ballentine. He even said that an online hip hop forum helped back the project.
The mural took three days to complete, but it's not quite finished yet. More artists are expected to create detail faces of each of the members over the next few weeks.
We can't wait to see the finished mural. It's wonderful a reminder of the power of music and an amazing way to pay tribute to one of the most influential groups of all time.[via NY1] [Feature Image Courtesy Gothamist]