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Q-Tip

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This article is about Q-Tip the rapper. For the brand of cotton swab, see Q-tips

Q-Tip (born Jonathan Davis on November 20 1970 in New York City), is an African American rapper and record producer, and formerly of the group A Tribe Called Quest. He converted to Islam in the mid-1990s, and changed his name to Kamaal Fareed. Besides performing with his popular and successful jazz-influenced hip hop group, Tip also did production work for artists such as Nas ("One Love", Illmatic, 1994) and Janet Jackson ("Got 'Til It's Gone", The Velvet Rope, 1997). He has also made guest appearances on songs by Janet and Missy Elliott.

A Tribe Called Quest disbanded in 1998, after which Q-Tip pursued a solo career. His first solo releases, the pop-friendly "Vivrant Thing" and "Breathe and Stop", were far-left of anything he'd done in A Tribe Called Quest, as was his solo debut LP for Arista Records, Amplified. His 2002 follow-up, Kamaal the Abstract, never received official release.

A Tribe Called Quest reunited in 2004 and toured together, Early the next year, Tip signed a new solo deal with Motown Records. He collaborated with R.E.M. in 2004 on "The Outsiders," a single from their album Around the Sun. In January 2005, Q-Tip also collaborated with The Chemical Brothers, performing on the single "Galvanize" from their album Push the Button.

Discography

Albums

  • 1999: Amplified
  • 2002: Kamaal the Abstract (shelved)

Singles

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