Ali Shaheed Muhammad was born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. At an early age Ali became fascinated with music. His earliest memory of this fascination was toting around a yellow Mickey Mouse transistor radio he received as a gift. "I brought that with me everywhere; I was comforted by the sounds that came from that little box," he says. Other memories lead to house parties his mother would throw where his Uncle Mike would deejay. It was at one of these parties that the then eight-year-old Ali took control of the mixer and turntables and began his life long musical journey. Ali went from local neighborhood deejay to a world-renowned producer and musician, forming not one but two popular bands.The first group, A Tribe Called Quest, was where "Mr. Muhammad" partnered up with band mates Q-Tip and Phife. The hip-hop trio recorded five albums. The three stand incontestable as hip-hop classics. Their innovation changed the sound of hip-hop and R & B with jazzy, melodic beats. Tribe exited the world via the same stage as The Beatles and The Police, but their influence still lives with artists like D'Angelo, Common, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, The Roots and Musiq.After Tribe, Ali co-founded a new super trio named Lucy Pearl. Here with band members Dawn Robinson and Raphael Saadiq, he was able to explore more of his music abilities. Lucy Pearl fused funk, rock, R & B and hip-hop bringing a new energy and sound which remains to be duplicated.Ali is also a 4-time Grammy nominee -- twice with A Tribe Called Quest, once for works with D'Angelo and once for Lucy Pearl. With plenty of production credits, no Grammy wins and two defunct groups, what is left for the DJ with plenty more music in his soul?
Ali Shaheed Muhammad (born August 11, 1970) is a rapper/hip-hop artist who enjoyed moderate fame as a member of A Tribe Called Quest. The group consisted of 3 people, Ali, Q-Tip, and Phife Dawg and they released 5 albums. After they disbanded, Ali formed a group called Lucy Pearl. He also released his debut solo album, Shaheedullah And Stereotypes, on October 12, 2004, featuring a cameo by Chip-Fu of the FU-Schnickens.
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Ali Shaheed Muhammad (born August 11, 1970) is an American hip hop DJ, rapper, producer who enjoyed a great deal of fame as a member of A Tribe Called Quest. With Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, the group released five studio albums from 1990 to 1998.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad is Muslim. Together with Jay Dee and Q-Tip, he formed the music production collective The Ummah.
After the group disbanded, Muhammad formed the R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl with Dawn Robinson, formerly of En Vogue and Raphael Saadiq, formerly of Tony! Toni! Toné!, releasing one album in 2000. On October 12, 2004 he released his debut solo album, Shaheedullah and Stereotypes.