Happy 49th Birthday to the legendary MC and producer Kamaal Ibn John Fareed aka “Q-tip”
As front man and producer of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers “A tribe called quest” Q-tips jazzy production set the standard for the hip-hop sound in early 90s.
He created the native tongue movement of alternative hip hop which included Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, jungle Brothers and De La soul.
He would also use his production skills to create music ensembles like the Ummah and the Soulaquarians creating the careers of Erykah Badu, D’angelo, Slum village and the roots.
Q-tip was also instrumental in discovering Hip hop greats Busta Rhymes, Mobb deep and Nas. His groups legacy became education on the ills of the music industry and their influence has given them the title (in most circles) Greatest Rap Group of All Time.