Happy Birthday, Q-Tip!

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Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and the Soulquarians celebrates his 43rd birthday.

It’d be hard to imagine hip hop without Q-Tip and his influence on not only the music but the culture as a whole, being a member of the Zulu Nation. He’s one of the few people in the game to be held in such high regard as both an emcee and a producer, perfecting his craft on both levels for the past four decades and never showing signs of musical decay. From the profound impact the first three Tribe albums had on hip hop to his work in non-hip hop territories, he makes a mark where he lays a verse. Just look at his features on tracks such as Deee-Lite’s Groove Is In The Heart, Chemical Brothers Galvanize and even collaborations with Elvis Costello and REM. He’s a student as well as a teacher of his discipline. So to celebrate, we’ve picked some of his finest tracks, showcasing his lyrical prowess and fine production. Fingers crossed for The Last Zulu this year!

A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum

A hip hop classic, no doubt. The second single from A Tribe Called Quest’s debut People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm helped put Tribe on the map thanks to one of the smoothest hip hop beats ever.

A Tribe Called Quest – Excursions

For those who hold The Low End Theory close to their hearts, the album couldn’t have opened any sweeter than this. Excursions was a lyrical masterclass by Tip, discussing everything from home life to Africa.

A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation

Midnight Marauders was one of the defining albums of the Hip Hop Golden Age of 1993-1994 and Electric Relaxation is one of the greatest hip hop songs ever. Simple. Although Phife Dawg slayed his verses on this, Q-Tip effortless flow is hard to forget.

About Luke Alex Davis

Luke Davis is a music producer and editor of music blog Sampleface. In his spare time, he enjoys watching tennis and football and reading.