Q-Tip Signs to G.O.O.D. Music, Readies Album for 2013


Q-Tip is the newest addition to the G.O.O.D. Music family. The former Tribe Called Quest member has inked a deal with Kanye West’s label in conjunction with Def Jam, and will release a new album next year.

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Pharrell Launches Qream Liqueur in Miami with Trina, Q-Tip, & Fat Joe

Pharrell and Trina

Pharrell continued the nationwide rollout of his Qream liqueur with a sexy soirée in Miami on Thursday night (July 28). The music impresario flew down south to launch the vodka-based, lactose-friendly cream with some help from his pals including Trina, Fat Joe, hitmakers Jim Jonsin and Rico Love, and Q-Tip, who DJ’d the event.

In an interview with Rap-Up TV, Skateboard P explained how he came up with the concept. “I looked at the market, I looked at the holes out there and it felt like indulgence and women were the two things that were being neglected,” he said. “So what I decided to do was design a drink that made sense for women that everybody could enjoy, but women knew it was for them.”

Pour over more pics from the sweet celebration below.

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Kanye West, Busta Rhymes Rock with Q-Tip in Brooklyn [Video]

Q-Tip and Kanye West

All of the lights were on Kanye West as legendary headliner Q-Tip brought out the Chi-town rapper toward the end of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival held under the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon. The boisterous and diverse spectators—made up of skinny jeans-clad hipsters, waddling toddlers, and B-boys/girls—were caught off guard but roared with anticipation when Yeezy hit the stage.

Q-Tip performed a few classics before fading into the intro to Kanye’s “Dark Fantasy,” when he emerged in a black tank top and snapback, keeping the crowd hyped during “All of the Lights” and joining Q-Tip on “Award Tour.”

“This dude right here, I only felt like this when I met Dilla,” the Tribe Called Quest frontman said of Mr. West, who he collaborated with on Watch the Throne. “He’s just a respectable dude. I love this dude. He keeps me going.”

Busta Rhymes was also among the special guests, performing Tribe’s classic “Scenario.” “When ya’ll put me on ‘Scenario,’ it definitely changed a ni**a’s tax bracket,” joked Bussa Bus.

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Late Night TV: Travie McCoy on ‘Leno,’ Mark Ronson + Q-Tip on ‘Letterman’

Travie McCoy let his hair down last night on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” performing “Need You” off his solo debut Lazarus. Backed by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump on guitar, the Gym Class Heroes frontman sang his heart out on the pop-rock jam, rocking a flannel shirt over shorts and neon yellow kicks.

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Video: Nas and Q-Tip Perform ‘One Love’

Q-Tip and Nas

Nasty Nas surprised the audience during Q-Tip’s performance at New York City’s Ace Hotel, where the Tribe Called Quest member has a residency. Nas, who’s been busy traveling around the world with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley to promote their joint release Distant Relatives, linked up with the Abstract to perform “One Love,” their classic collabo off Nas’ seminal debut Illmatic, for VEVO’s Go Show.

“I have not performed for a small crowd like this since the beginning,” said Nas. “But it’s love, it’s what we do. If it’s 200 or whatever amount, it’s on. I have a good time.”

Taking the stage to the tune of his classic “NY State of Mind,” Nasir Jones ripped through the cut before Tip joined him for “One Love” and played hype man on “Made You Look.”

“It’s something that’s sort of common with artists,” said Q-Tip. “When they feel something that feels a certain inspiration in a certain city, something unexpected is in the air and you like to take advantage of those opportunities when they’re there.”

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Video: Q-Tip f/ Norah Jones – ‘Life Is Better’

Q-Tip and Norah Jones are a match made in heaven. The rapper and jazz singer prove music has no boundaries in the video for “Life Is Better” off Tip’s album The Renaissance. The graphic-heavy clip was directed by Goodtimes.

On the Scene: Ludacris, Q-Tip, Solange, Joe Jackson, Fergie, Wale, Talib Kweli, Slaughterhouse

Ludacris and Tommy Lee

Ludacris serves Mötley Crüe member Tommy Lee at his Singaporean eatery Straits in Atlanta on Saturday (Aug. 29). The fundraising event benefitted the Ludacris Foundation.

Q-Tip and Solange celebrate MJ’s birthday, WTF is Fergie wearing, Wale performs a free show, and Slaughterhouse kills it at B.B. King below.

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