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Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an American entertainer from St. Albans, Queens, New York, part of the critically acclaimed group A Tribe Called Quest. John Bush of Allmusic called him "the best rapper/producer in hip-hop history," while editors of About.
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    THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 37
    His latest album The Renaissance was released on November 4, 2008, through Universal Motown and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2010 Grammys.
    More Details Hide Details Q-Tip is among a group of producers (also including RZA and Pete Rock) who were brought in by Kanye West to work on his fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. He also appeared on Mark Ronson's album, Record Collection, on the song entitled Bang Bang Bang with MNDR, for which a video was released. Q-Tip provided the rap element of the highly successful 1990 track "Groove Is in the Heart" performed by Deee-Lite and rapped on the album version of the 1994 Beastie Boys track "Get It Together." He also appeared on DJ/Producer Statik Selektah's first album, Spell My Name Right, on "Stop, Look, & Listen" with Styles P & Termanology. Q-Tip was the headliner at the 2011 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival with a set called, 'Q-Tip and Friends'. Accompanying him on stage were Monie Love, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes, and Kanye West.
  • 2006
    Age 35
    A Tribe Called Quest reunited in 2006 and played a limited number of dates.
    More Details Hide Details The group was composed of its original lineup, including Q-Tip and occasional member Jarobi White. Early the next year, Q-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.
  • 2002
    Age 31
    His 2002 follow-up, Kamaal/The Abstract, although critically acclaimed and issued a catalog number, wasn't released at that time because the label believed that it did not have commercial appeal.
    More Details Hide Details Q-Tip also featured on R.E.M.'s album Around The Sun during this period, with a rap on "The Outsiders". Kamaal/The Abstract was finally released on September 15, 2009, on Battery Records after being shelved for seven years.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 27
    A Tribe Called Quest disbanded in 1998, after which Q-Tip pursued a solo career.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1997
    Age 26
    He co-wrote and featured in Janet Jackson's song "Got 'til It's Gone" from the Velvet Rope album in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details He co-produced jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel's 2003 release Heartcore. He is/has been involved with producing for Esperanza Spalding, Mary J. Blige, RZA, Wale, Asher Roth, Chiddy Bang, Melanie Fiona, Mark Ronson, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Phife Dawg, D'Angelo, Questlove, and Kanye West (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy). Q-Tip is also involved in the production of the Kanye West/Jay-Z album Watch the Throne.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Born Jonathan Davis on April 10, 1970 in Harlem, he converted to Islam in the mid-1990s, and changed his name to Kamaal Ibn John Fareed.
    More Details Hide Details He moved to St. Albans, Queens as a child. As referenced in the song "Check the Rhime", he mostly resided at Linden Boulevard. His father was from Montserrat, a British territory in the eastern Caribbean. His mother is an African-American from Alabama. His sister, Gwen, is eight years older than he is. He attended Murry Bergtraum High School in Manhattan, New York. According to Fareed, he was given his stage name by Afrika Baby Bam of Jungle Brothers, which he used as a replacement for his prior name, MC Love Child. He has also said that the Q in Q-Tip stands for Queens and he is often referred to as Tip, which later caused problems when a Southern rapper, now known as T.I., signed to Arista Records and attempted to use the stage name Tip, which was later shortened to T.I. to avoid confusion with his then-labelmate Q-Tip. Throughout his career, he also called himself "The Abstract". He said that one of the main people in his life that inspired him was his childhood friend, Mohammed Sead.
  • 1969
    Age -2
    Born on April 10, 1969.
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