Queens hip-hop heroes immortalized in sculpture come to public library
Three dearly departed masters of hip-hop are living on at the Queens Public Library.
Starting Sept. 19, artist Sherwin Banfield's trio of sculptures called "A Cypher in Queens" will take up residence at the Central Library in Jamaica.
The 9-foot-tall sculptures offer markers for fans and the Queens community to recognize, honor and celebrate three late examples of borough's talent. DJ Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C. was killed in 2002, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Call Quest died in 2016 from complications from diabetes, and Prodigy of Mobb Deep died after battling sickle cell anemia in 2017.