When A Tribe Called Quest first stepped on the scene in the 80’s, they were the weird, cool kids who somehow knew how to mend hip-hop and jazz together on another level. They took part in creating a lane of soulful hip-hop and are the forefathers for many artist of today such as Kid Cudi, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino. Although all of the members had their own unique distinction, Q-Tip became the apple of the ladies eye.
Blessed with an entrancing smooth pitch in his voice, Q-Tip has always been breezy cool. What makes him even more attractive is his dedication to not only constantly stay educated, but also keeping his knowledge consistent throughout his work as well.
In 1998, Q-Tip had a huge fire at his apartment in Queens, which ruined his entire limited edition record collection. Although everyone came out of the catastrophe okay, he was disheartened that his unique and once in a lifetime collection was destroyed. But he didn’t allow that to stop him from pursuing music even harder. He dove in head first studying the theory of music, learning to play multiple instruments and beginning his collection again.
Q-Tip isn’t just an artist, he is an all around musician. He has the juice some artists lack, the desire to master the craft. Q-Tip has contributed to a plethora of hits, including Mariah Carey’s smash hit, “Honey.” However, producing music was no new endeavor at the time, as he mostly produced the first three Tribe Called Quest albums.
He’s also tried his hand at acting as well. You may remember him in movies like Poetic Justice, Prison Song, Brown Sugar and more.
Currently, Q-Tip has reunited with his musical brothers to create their eighth and final album, We’ve Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service. Despite 2016’s loss of Phife Dog, the tribe made sure his voice lived on in records like, “We The People,” which is slowly becoming the nation’s hip-hop national anthem in lieu of current events. The power of its message was felt during a performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Award Ceremony. Busta Rhymes and Anderson.Paak graced the stage to serve a bigger punch.
Today, Q-Tip is also working on his solo album, The Last Zulu, which is tentatively expected to release this year. You can also catch him on his Beats1 Radio show, The Abstract–a nod to his old alias.
Check out a few of his long list of hit songs, latest and greatest, that Q-Tip has contributed to below!