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Jonathan Davis, 10 April 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Q-Tip made his name as MC with late 80s/early 90s hip-hop pioneers A Tribe Called Quest, one of the finest acts to emerge from New Yorks Native Tongues Posse. Their fluid jazz influenced grooves and Afrocentric, socially conscious lyrics helped up new possibilities in rap music, and was also highly commercial. The trio disbanded following the release of 1998s The Love Movement, with all of the members starting work on solo projects.
Davis, now known as Kamaal Fareed following his conversion to Islam, released his debut album in November 1999. Recorded with the Ummah production crew (former colleague DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Jay Dee of Slum Village), Amplified mined a rich groove musically but Q-Tips reinvention as a salacious mack figure left a lot to be desired. Q-Tip has also maintained a low-key acting career, and in 2001 he co-wrote and starred in...