John Bush of All Music called him "the best rapper/producer in hip-hop history," and his mother is an African American from Alabama. He is the cousin of Consequence, who was featured heavily on Beats, Rhymes and Life.
According to a DNA analysis, he descended, mainly, from the Jola people of Guinea-Bissau.
As referenced in the song "Check the Rhime", he mostly resided around Linden Boulevard.
According to Fareed, he was given his stage name by Afrika Baby Bam of Jungle Brothers, which he used as a replacement for his prior name, MC Love Child.
His third album The Renaissance was released on November 4, 2008, through Universal Motown and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2010 Grammys.
Following his work on Kamaal/The Abstract, Q-Tip featured on R. M.'s 2004 album Around the Sun, with a rap on "The Outsiders".Early in 2007, Q-Tip signed a new solo deal with Universal Motown Records.In 2008, Q-Tip appeared on DJ/producer Statik Selektah's first album Spell My Name Right, on the tracks "Stop, Look, & Listen" with Styles P and Termanology.Back in August, LA Reid confirmed the news that A Tribe Called Quest reunion album was in the works, and now we know when it’ll be arriving.On Thursday night, ATCQ member Q-Tip took to Twitter to give fans something to look forward to when he announced that the album, which is the group’s final project, is already finished & will be dropping on November 11.BUY NOW The time is ripe for The Renaissance, the Abstract MC’s first solo album in nine years.Produced primarily by Q-Tip with plenty of live instrumentation and a love fixation, The Renaissance is a stark portrait of the artist as an elder statesman.He has also said that the Q in Q-Tip stands for Queens and he is often referred to as Tip. In 1985, Q-Tip, together with friends Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White, founded the critically acclaimed hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest.In 1999 a Southern rapper known as TIP signed to Arista Records, but shortened his name to T. The band signed to Jive Records and released five studio albums during its initial run, splitting up in 1998.Pitchfork noted on the change in tenor, remarking, "Abstract the storyteller and social critic [has] been replaced by a scarcely recognizable, sex-obsessed MC." The release of his 2002 follow-up, Kamaal/The Abstract, was delayed despite critical acclaim and an issued a catalog number; Arista believed that it did not have commercial appeal.It eventually leaked onto the Internet, and the distribution of promotional copies led several publications to run reviews of the album.