Q-Tip – Mixtape (feat. Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, Gang Starr, The Roots, RZA, Black Moon)

1. Q-Tip – Hey 0:00
2. Q-Tip – Let’s Ride 2:53
3. Mos Def – Make It All Better (feat. Talib Kweli & Q-Tip) 6:57
4. Q-Tip – What Lies Beneath 11:02
5. Consequence (feat. Q-Tip) – (Hidden Track) 13:23
6. RZA (feat. Q-Tip & Free Murder) – Just a Lil Dude 15:47
7. Slum Village – Hold Tighhht (feat. Q-Tip) 19:00
8. Gang Starr – Hit Man (feat. Q-Tip) 22:10
9. Neek The Exotic & Large Pro – Borough Of Queens (feat. Q-Tip) 24:30
10. Roc Marciano – Thread Count (Prod. By Q-Tip) 27:30
11. Talib Kweli – Amanda Diva (feat. Q-Tip) – 40 MC’s 31:21
12. Jungle Brothers – Promo No. 2 (Mind Review ’89) (feat. Q-Tip) 34:31
13. Busta Rhymes (feat. Q-Tip) (Funky DL’s Remix Deluxe) 37:51
14. Q-Tip & Busta Rhymes – For The Nasty 41:21
15. Black Moon – Showdown (feat. Q-Tip) 44:39
16. Craig Mack – Get Down (Q-Tip Remix) 48:20
17. Pete Rock – I.N.I. – To Each His Own (feat. Q-Tip & Large Professor) 52:21
18. Q-Tip & The Roots – Little Ghetto Boy (J. Period Remix) 57:29

Kamaal Ibn John Fareed (born Jonathan William Davis, April 10, 1970), better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an American rapper, record producer, singer, and DJ. Nicknamed The Abstract, he is noted for his innovative jazz-influenced style of hip hop production and his philosophical, esoteric and introspective lyrical themes. He embarked on his music career in the late 1980s, as an MC and main producer of the influential alternative hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. In the mid-1990s, he co-founded the production team The Ummah, followed by the release of his gold-certified solo debut Amplified in 1999. In the following decade, he released the Grammy Award-nominated album The Renaissance (2008) and the experimental album Kamaal the Abstract (2009).

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Q-Tip is one of the most acclaimed figures in hip hop. AllMusic states that he “led a jazz-based hip-hop revolution during the ’90s”, calling him “the best rapper/producer in hip-hop history”. About.com placed him #17 on their list of the Top 25 Hip-Hop Producers, and #38 on their list of the 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time. In 2012, The Source ranked him #20 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time.

Q-Tip was born Jonathan William Davis on April 10, 1970, in Harlem, New York City. His father, Jonathan Davis II, emigrated from the Caribbean island of Montserrat and was raised in Cleveland. His mother is an African American from Alabama. When he was a child, his family settled in St. Albans, Queens, New York City. He first met his friend Phife Dawg at church when they were both two years old. At age nine, he began rapping after being encouraged by Phife Dawg; shortly before that, they both heard “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang for the first time. He was also inspired by his father’s extensive jazz record collection, and at age 12, he began to DJ and make pause tape beats.

Q-Tip attended Murry Bergtraum High School in Manhattan, where he first befriended Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Afrika Baby Bam and Mike Gee, with the latter two forming the hip-hop group Jungle Brothers. In high school, he participated in rap battles and went by the stage names J Nice and MC Love Child. In 1985, he and Muhammad formed an MC and DJ duo, and using recording equipment provided by Muhammad’s uncle, they began making demos. They were later joined by Phife Dawg, who also rapped, and neighborhood friend Jarobi White; collectively, they were known as Quest.

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When Q-Tip was 16 years old, his father died of emphysema.

Afrika Baby Bam gave him the nickname “Q-Tip”, which became popular in high school, eventually becoming his stage name. In 1988, Q-Tip was featured on Jungle Brothers’ songs “The Promo”, which he helped produce, and “Black Is Black”, in which he renamed his group A Tribe Called Quest, a name that was given by Afrika Baby Bam. Both songs appeared on Jungle Brothers’ debut album Straight out the Jungle. That year, the two groups met the like-minded group De La Soul, with the three groups forming the core of the Native Tongues collective, known for their Afrocentrism, positivity and eclectic sampling.

In 1989, A Tribe Called Quest signed with Jive Records after being rejected by several labels, due to their unconventional image and sound. After recording several demos, they began working on their debut album, with Q-Tip serving as the group’s main producer. During this period, Q-Tip began using the E-mu SP-1200 and Akai S950 samplers. The album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, was released in early 1990 and established Q-Tip as a highly skilled lyricist. Later that year, he made a guest appearance on the house single “Groove Is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite, which became a worldwide hit.

 

 

 

 

 

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