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Q-Tip

The longtime MC with pioneering alternative hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest, rapper Q-Tip was born Jonathan Davis in New York City on November 20, 1970. While a student at the Murray Bergtraum High School for Business Careers, he co-founded A Tribe Called Quest with fellow students Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Phife (Malik Taylor) in 1988. The following year, Q-Tip guested on De La Soul's "Buddy," with the two groups forever linked through their association with the Native Tongues collective. Tribe's debut single, "Description of a Fool," appeared in the summer of 1989, and after signing to Jive Records, the trio issued its debut LP, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, a year later. With its fiercely intelligent, socially progressive lyrics and brilliant fusion of rap and jazz, the group emerged as one of the most popular and influential in all of hip-hop, producing such classic LPs as 1991's The Low End Theory and 1993's Midnight Marauders before disbanding in 1998. Q-Tip then mounted a solo career with the 1999 release of Amplified. Although it was successful, he was in label limbo for many years afterward, continuing to record but rarely able to release any of his output. (One album, Kamaal the Abstract, was ready to roll into stores in 2002 when it was halted; it was finally released by Jive in 2009.) His sophomore set finally appeared in late 2008 and earned its title, The Renaissance. Overlooked for his production and collaborative work, his major accomplishments outside Tribe and his solo output include contributions to Nas' "One Love," Mobb Deep's "Temperature's Rising," Janet Jackson's "Got 'Til It's Gone," Jay-Z's "Girls, Girls, Girls," Hiatus Kaiyote's Grammy-nominated "Nakamarra," and D'Angelo's "Ain't That Easy." He prepared another solo album, The Last Zulu, for 2015. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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All I have to say about Q-Tip...... BEAST!!!
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Classic classic
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I need to find a copy of Amplified somewhere; album's the s**t.
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This guy is timeless.... .
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i hear dah sample in dah background mic check mic check avoid wreckless driving str8 arrow slow it down chop & screw it like houston, tx.
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It never gets old such a classic!!
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Q Tip was one the dopest MC's around with that Old School flow...Tribe Called Quest of the hottest Hip Hop Group ever!
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Q-tip is the Dopest
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I hope that Tribe called quest will come back because rap has certainly taken a downward spiral over the years. The lyrics of what we hear today that is supposed to be rap music is filtered with degrading lyrics about women and a wicked lifestyle. Please come back Tribe, please.
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cwmaintain
What a club banger
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Q-Tip and Tribe Called Quest brought a sense of uniqueness to the rap world. Long live the 80s and 90s rap!
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This song was the Ish....
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Breath & Stop...Q-tip . . . m u c h love
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Love...love Q-Tip!!!
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rocks!
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Tribe called quest
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Q tip is the best producer/rap p e r
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HES NOT A SCORPIO HES AN ARIES APRIL 10 1970 NOT NOV 20 YEARS CORRECT BIRTHDAY WRONG! THOUGH GREATNESS IS GREAT NESS NO MATTA THE ZODIAC THEY GIVE U IN CORRECT MATH ON HERE. HES 3 DAYS BEFORE ME.
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Tribe Called Quest is the Best ...
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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90's Hip-Hop is the Best!!! Without Q-uest-ion!
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pruntytrinit y
Awesome!
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The dopest of the dopest dope.
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Love Q for years!!!
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I mean April
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Q tip was born in March.
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Really wish there were more groups like a tribe called quest. they definitely contributed to a style that will forever remain unique. they truly are my FAVORITE rap group.
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My all time favorite Hip Hop group, it get no better than ATCQ. Love the entire native tongue movement
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kept it real
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ademabdella
The flow is simply DOPE!
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Before there was the Love Below, there was Kamaal the Abstract. Before it's time it was
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I just bought the album on iTunes! :)
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This whole LP is therapy. LOVE.LOVE.
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true music, true classic, simple, and brilliant
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grant3902
i would really relish one more ATCQ album, its my make-a-wish!
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Classic...
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Smooth and on point!
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Just saw ATCQ's documentary Beats Rhymes & Life. I was so HYPE before, during, and afterwards. All TRUE ATCQ fans ought to go check it out. Fact is, Tribe is due one more album based on their contract. Come on fellas,(Tip & Phife)lets put down the egos and reunite. Today's Hip-Hop industry need true emcees such as you. PLEASE!
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Love Q!!
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By himself or with the Tribe, I dig Q!
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Da truth!
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this is the untainted transparent hip hop with no apologies... a n d it don't stop and it won't stop!!!
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we all are searching for the soul not knowing that the ones we cant see control radio, tv not us, its all love keep your minds strong and soul pure
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WIsh they would reunite for a new album
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knraglin
one of my fave rapper
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Tip!
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gabriel.dupl e s s i
One of the best M.C if u ask me
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Why did socially responsible, melodic, soulful hip hop go underground. Why are we as a society accepting this generic negatively charged no talent rap take over our airwaves? I think it's time we stop supporting these so called 'artists' with weak beats and unintelligab l e lyrics. It's time for a renaissance of melodic, smart hip hop, am I alone in feeling this way?
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gotanya
LUV Q-Tip...he has always remained an AUTHENTIC & TRUE MC!!!
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Good Stuff!!!
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