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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 in 1988 with fellow students Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Phife (Malik Taylor). 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. Occasionally overlooked is 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 release in 2016, and also hosted a radio show for Apple Music's Beats 1. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Q-Tip

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    10 songs

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    Kamaal the Abstract

    12 songs

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    The Renaissance

    11 songs

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    The Renaissance [Circuit City Exclusive]

    12 songs

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    Amplified

    12 songs

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    Amplified

    2 songs

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    For The Nasty

    49 songs

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    The Abstract Best, Vol. 1

    9 songs

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    Amplified

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    Kamaal the Abstract [Not Released]

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    Gettin' Up

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    Work It Out


Top Songs by
Q-Tip

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  2.   Vivrant Thing
  3.   Gettin Up
  4.   Breathe and Stop
  5.   Move
  6.   Let's Ride
  7.   Believe by D'Angelo
  8.   Even If It Is So
  9.   Feelin'
  10.   For The Nasty by Busta Rhymes
  11.   Groove Is in the Heart by Deee-Lite
  12.   Moving With U
  13.   Go Hard
  14.   Vivrant Thing featuring Busta Rhymes
  15.   Things U Do
  16.   Youthful
  17.   Cannonball Adderly/Excursions Intro
  18.   Freestyle
  19.   Youthful featuring J. Period
  20.   What? featuring J. Period
  21.   Scenario by Busta Rhymes
  22.   Scenario by Hood
  23.   Respect to Phife Dawg (Interlude) by J. Period
  24.   Men vs. Women (Interlude) by Chris Rock
  25.   Behind the Scenes: The Native Tongues
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    The Current


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