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One of the most recognizable voices in hip-hop, Q-Tip has been blessing mics since the late 1980s, first as a member of the legendary A Tribe Called Quest and later as a solo artist. His mellow flow and nasal tone have graced many classic tunes, including "Bonita Applebaum" and "Scenario." Tip has also collaborated with a wide variety of acts, from Native Tongues breathren like Black Sheep and the Jungle Brothers to mega-star Janet Jackson. In addition to his microphone abilities, he's an excellent producer, with Nas' "One Love" and Mobb Deep's "Drink Away The Pain" to his credit. Following Tribe's break-up in 1999, he released his first solo LP, Amplified. It was a flashier, more "commercial" sounding record that alienated many of his longtime fans but found sales success thanks to the hit single "Vivrant Thing." With his career moving into the 21st century, Q-Tip has changed his name to Kamaal The Abstract and dropped a new album loaded with singing and extended live jams. Though reactions to his new sound were mixed, he continues to evolve as an artist in dramatic ways. Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl about a Tribe reunion and new LP.
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