As the lead MC and co-founder of the rap group A Tribe Called Quest, rapper Q-Tip helped shape an alternative style of hip-hop. Formed in New York during the mid-1980s, A Tribe Called Quest infused ra...
Brooklyn, New York, USA
|Chappelle's Show||2005 2001 - 2005||Actor||("Puppets")||20057|
|The Steadfast Tin Soldier: An Animated Special From the "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child" Series||1999 1998 - 1999||Voice||of Teddy Bear/Roach||19996|
|Disappearing Acts||2000 1999 - 2000||Actor||Reg Baptiste||20007|
|Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap||2012||Actor||Himself||20127|
|VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2008||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||n/a||20087|
|She Hate Me||2004||Actor||Vada Huff||20047|
|Hip Hop Babylon||2003 2002 - 2003||Host||n/a||20035|
|The 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||n/a||19997|
|BET Hip Hop Awards 2008||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||Performer||20087|
|The 2000 MTV Movie Awards||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Presenter||19997|
|Prison Song||2001||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Cheaper by the Dozen||2003||Lyrics||("People Come Together")||1|
|Max Keeble's Big Move||2001||Song||("If Everybody Looked the Same")||1|
|License to Wed||2007||Song||("Groove Is In The Heart")||1|
|Step Brothers||2008||Song||("Breathe And Stop")||1|
|Get on the Bus||1996||Song||("The Remedy")||1|
|When We Were Kings||1996||Song||("Rumble in the Jungle (contains elements of 'The Name of the Game' and 'Angel in the Morning')")||1|
|Charlie's Angels||2000||Song||("Groove Is in the Heart")||1|
|Bad Boys II||2003||Song||("Didn't Mean")||1|
|I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry||2007||Song||("Groove Is In The Heart")||1|
|The Heat||2013||Song||("Groove Is In The Heart")||1|
|Can't Hardly Wait||1998||Song||("Groove Is In the Heart (the Deee-Remix)")||1|
|Slam||1998||Song Performer||("Hey" (Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest))||1|
|The Great Gatsby||2013||Song||("A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)")||1|
|The Great Gatsby||2013||Song Performer||("A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)")||1|
|Step Brothers||2008||Song Performer||("Breathe And Stop")||1|
|Love Don't Cost a Thing||2003||Song||("Pass The Courbvoisier (Part 2)")||1|
|Notorious||2009||Song||("Gimme The Loot")||1|
|Take the Lead||2006||Vocals||Additional Vocals("I Got Rhythm (Take The Lead Remix)")||1|
|Save the Last Dance||2001||Song Performer||("You" (featuring Snoop Dogg/Kamaal Fareed/Lucy Pearl))||1|
|Take the Lead||2006||Vocals||("La Cumparsita (Tango Remix)")||1|
|Save the Last Dance||2001||Song Performer||("You" (featuring Snoop Dogg/Q-Tip/Lucy Pearl))||1|
He was born Johnathan Davis on April 10, 1970 in Brooklyn, NY and raised in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens. His father hailed from the British territory of Montserrat while his mother was from Alabama. The stage name Q-Tip was given to him by Afrika Baby Bam of the hip-hop group the Jungle Brothers, while the Q in his moniker stood for Queens. He later changed his legal name to Kamal Ibn John Fareed after converting to Islam in the mid-1990s. In 1985, Q-Tip formed the rap group A Tribe Called Quest with childhood friend Phife Dawg and frequent collaborator Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Around the same time, a hip-hop collective called the Native Tongues emerged in New York along with groups such as the Jungle Brothers and De La Soul. Their musical style that infused Afrocentric lyrics, jazz and funk instrumentations tied these groups together and set the tone for A Tribe Called Quest's debut album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990). The soulful grooves of the singles "Can I Kick It?" and "Bonita Applebaum" made the album a moderate hit on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart at No. 23, yet it peaked at a disappointing No. 91 on the mainstream list.
Q-Tip took on a bigger role in the production of the Tribe's sophomore album The Low End Theory, co-writing all the tracks. Even though the group was reportedly inspired by the harder hitting "gangsta rap" sub-genre that originated on the West Coast, The Low End Theory stripped down its musical elements to incorporate a more laid-back sound with the singles "Check the Rhime" and "Jazz (We've Got)." It was not until the release of its third single "Scenario" where A Tribe demonstrated heavier bass lines and grittier vocals, thanks to featured guest vocalist Busta Rhymes. The Low End Theory outperformed its predecessor, reaching No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 200. The album later ranked No. 154 on Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
Q-Tip and company were aware of the immense pressure to match the commercial and critical success of The Low End Theory, and they exceeded expectations with 1993's Midnight Marauders, which included the group's biggest selling single "Award Tour." Lyrically, Q-Tip and his collaborators wrote about contemporary issues such as racism and urban violence, but kept the old-school jazz and soulful vibe that dominated the group's previous releases. A Tribe went much darker in 1996 with Beats, Rhymes and Life, which coincided with the ongoing and often fatal feud between East and West Coast rappers. The group took a neutral stance not only with its affiliations, but also by sending a message of peace to the hip-hop community. Beats, Rhymes and Life topped the Billboard Hot 200 as well as the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and earned the group Grammy Award nominations in 1997 for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. In the meantime, Q-Tip pursued a solo career following the release of The Love Movement, the group's fifth studio album. He had previously appeared on solo projects, like the dance-funk group Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in the Heart" (1990) and the Beastie Boys track "Get It Together" (1994).
The rapper made his acting debut opposite Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur in the John Singleton drama "Poetic Justice" (1993). Q-Tip proved he had a career outside of A Tribe Called Quest with his long-realized solo debut Amplified hit the shelves, yielding two crossover hit singles "Vivrant Thing" and "Breathe & Stop." When he was not recording his own material, Q-Tip continued to collaborate with other diverse artists such as R.E.M., Jay-Z, and Kanye West. It took almost a decade for the rapper to release his second album The Renaissance (2008), which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album in 2010. That same year, Q-Tip returned to acting in the crime drama "Holy Rollers" opposite Jesse Eisenberg.
By Candy Cuenco
|Nicole Kidman||Companion||Introduced by Leonardo Di Caprio; Rumored to have briefly dated in 2003|
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