Q-Tip (rapper)

Q-Tip (rapper)

Infobox musical artist

Name = Q-Tip
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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Jonathan Davis
Alias = Kamaal Ibn John Fareed
Born = birth date and age|1970|04|10
Died =
Origin = Harlem, New York, United States
Instrument =
Genre = East Coast Hip Hop
Occupation =
Years_active = 1988 - present
Label = Jive/BMG
Associated_acts = A Tribe Called Quest
Kanye West
The Ummah
The Standard
Busta Rhymes
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Lil Wayne
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Q-Tip (born Jonathan Davis, April 10, 1970, in Harlem, New York), is an American hip-hop emcee, singer, actor, and hip hop producer,who went to Murry Bergtraum High School in Manhattan, New York and was the leader of the critically acclaimed group A Tribe Called Quest. He converted to Islam in the mid-1990s, and changed his name to Kamaal Ibn John Fareed. [ [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,992761-2,00.html Hip-Hop's Next Wave - TIME ] ] The "Q" in Q-Tip's stage name stands for Queens, the borough of New York City from which he hails. It is also said to be a name that represents his ability to get into one’s ears(as the Q-Tip cotton swab).He also refers to himself as the Abstract' (originally the Abstract Poetic) and Kamaal the Abstract.

Q-Tip has been a resident of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. [Colman, David. [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB935702927947068691.html?mod=googlewsj "Flat-Panel TVs Sure Look Cool, But They Pose Design Dilemmas"] , "The Wall Street Journal", August 27, 1999. Accessed December 27, 2007. "The rapper Q-Tip has been at the cutting edge of the music world for the past decade. So it was only natural that he'd want the latest for his Englewood Cliffs, N.J., living room: a sleek, flat-panel TV set."]


Early career

Besides performing with his popular and successful jazz-influenced hip hop group, Tip also did production work (under his production alias the Abstract or often—along with fellow Tribe member Ali Shaheed Muhammad and the late Slum Village member Jay Dee—as part of the Ummah) for artists such as Nas ("One Love," from "Illmatic", 1994), Mobb Deep (co-producer on "Give up the Goods (Just Step)," "Temperature's Rising," and "Drink Away the Pain," from "The Infamous", 1995) and even R&B divas Mariah Carey ("Honey," from "Butterfly", 1997) and Whitney Houston ("Fine," from "Greatest Hits").

olo career

A Tribe Called Quest disbanded in 1998, after which Q-Tip pursued a solo career. His first solo singles, "Vivrant Thing" and "Breathe & Stop," were far more pop-oriented than anything he had done in A Tribe Called Quest, as was his solo debut LP for Arista Records, "Amplified". His 2002 follow-up, "Kamaal the Abstract", although critically acclaimed and issued a catalog number, was never released because the label believed that it did not have commercial appeal.

A Tribe Called Quest reunited in 2006 and played a limited number of dates. The group was composed of its original lineup, including Tip and occasional member Jarobi White. Early the next year, Tip signed a new solo deal with Motown/Universal Records.

As of late, Q-Tip has been very active, once again happily reunited with the full line-up of A Tribe Called Quest on the 2K7 NBA Bounce Tour, Rock the Bells Tour '08, and regaining control of his previously label-owned MySpace page. He has announced that he is negotiating for the ownership of the masters of earlier material from his previous labels and plans to release them independently.

Q-Tip has recently stated that he will be forming a hip hop group with fellow rapper Common, called "The Standard." [ [http://www.xxlmag.com/online/?p=13364 XXLmag.com | Hip-Hop On A Higher Level | » Q-Tip and Common Form New Group, The Standard] ] His next album "The Renaissance" is scheduled for release on November 4, 2008 through Universal Motown. The song Shaka features an excerpt of one of presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign speeches over a guitar-tinged beat.


olo albums

* "Amplified" (1999)
* "Kamaal the Abstract" (2002) (Unreleased)
* "The Renaissance" (2008)

Featured appearances

* 1988: "Black Is Black", "The Promo" (from the Jungle Brothers' album "Straight Out the Jungle")
* 1989: "Buddy" (from the De La Soul album "3 Feet High and Rising")
* 1990: "Groove Is In The Heart" (from the Deee-Lite album "World Clique")
* 1991: "Don't Curse" (featuring Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Grand Puba, CL Smooth, Pete Rock) (from the Heavy D album "Peaceful Journey")
* 1991: "La Menage" (from the Black Sheep album "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing")
* 1991: "A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"" (from the De La Soul album "De La Soul Is Dead")
* 1994: "Let's Organize" (from the Organized Konfusion album "")
* 1994: "Get It Together" (from Beastie Boys album "Ill Communication")
* 1994: "One Love" (from the Nas album "Illmatic")
* 1994: "Get Down (Q-Tip Remix)" (Craig Mack "Get Down" single)
* 1995: "All The Way Live" (from the Tha Alkaholiks album "Coast II Coast")
* 1995: "To Each His Own" (from the INI album "")
* 1995: "Drink Away The Pain (Situations)" (from the Mobb Deep album "The Infamous")
* 1995: "Me and My Microphone" (from the A+ album "The Latch-Key Child")
* 1995: "Extra Abstract Skillz" (from the Mad Skillz album "From Where???")
* 1996: "Ill Vibe" (from the Busta Rhymes album "The Coming")
* 1996: "Ital (Universe Side)" (from The Roots' album "Illadelph Halflife")
* 1996: "The Remedy" (feat. Common, from "Get On The Bus Soundtrack")
* 1996: "3 MCs" (from Da Bush Babees' album "Gravity")
* 1997: "Stolen Moments Pt. 3" (from the Common album "One Day It'll All Make Sense")
* 1997: "Got 'Til It's Gone" (from the Janet Jackson album "The Velvet Rope")
* 1998: "Body Rock" (featuring Mos Def and Tash) (from the album "Lyricist Lounge, Volume One")
* 1998: "You" (Lucy Pearl and Q-Tip)
* 1999: "Listen" (from the Heavy D album "Heavy")
* 1999: "Get Involved" (feat. Raphael Saadiq, from "The PJ's Soundtrack")
* 1999: "Showdown" (from the Black Moon album "War Zone")
* 1999: "Hot Boyz Remix" (from the Missy Elliot album Da Real World)
* 2000: "Hold Tight" (from the Slum Village album "Fantastic, Vol. 2")
* 2001: "Girls, Girls, Girls" (from the Jay-Z album "The Blueprint")
* 2000: "Makin' It Blend" (from Lyricist Lounge 2)
* 2002: "In the Sun" (from the Large Professor album "1st Class")
* 2003: "Poetry" (from The RH Factor album "Hardgroove")
* 2003: "1,2 To The Bass" (from Stanley Clarke's album "1,2 To The Bass")
* 2004: "The Outsiders" (from R.E.M.'s album "Around the Sun")
* 2005: "Galvanize" (from the The Chemical Brothers album "Push the Button")
* 2005: "We can make it better" (bonus track on the Kanye West album Late Registration)
* 2006: "Why You Wanna" (T.I. featuring Q-Tip)(Mick Boogie Remix)(From the T.I. album KING)
* 2006: "Like That" (from the Black Eyed Peas album "Monkey Business")
* 2006: "The Frog" (from the Sergio Mendes album "Timeless")
* 2006: "Enuff" (featuring Lateef the Truth Speaker, from the DJ Shadow album "The Outsider")
* 2006: "Get You Some", "You Can't Hold A Torch" (from the Busta Rhymes album "The Big Bang")
* 2006: "Keep It Moving" (from the Hi-Tek album "")
* 2006: "Love You Can't Borrow" (from the M-1 album "Confidential")
* 2007: "Just A Lil Dude" (from RZA’s soundtrack to "")
* 2007: "Stop, Look, Listen" (from the Statik Selektah album "Spell My Name Right: The Album")
* 2007: "Lightworks" (featuring Talib Kweli) (from the Busta Rhymes and J Dilla mixtape "Dillagence")
* 2007: "Too Blessed" (from the Kevin Michael album "Kevin Michael")
* 2008: "Sandcastle Disco" (from the Solange Knowles album "Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams")
* 2008: "Paris, Tokyo (Remix)" (from the album Lupe Fiasco's The Cool by Lupe Fiasco ft Pharrell, Sarah Green)


* 1993: "Poetic Justice"
* 2000: "Disappearing Acts"
* 2001: "Prison Song"
* 2002: "Brown Sugar"
* 2004: "She Hate Me"


External links

* [http://www.q-tip.com Q-Tip] -- official site.
* [http://www.discogs.com/artist/Q-Tip Q-Tip] discography at Discogs.
* [http://www.myspace.com/qtip Q-Tip] at MySpace.
* [http://www.twitter.com/QtipMusic Q-Tip] at Twitter.
* [http://heywiregallery.com/profile/theabstract Q-Tip] at Heywire Guild & Gallery.
* [http://www.villagevoice.com/blogs/statusainthood/archives/2007/08/status_aint_hoo_30.php Village Voice interview] .

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