Born: 20 November 1970, NYC, USA. In the mid-1990s he converted to Islam and changed his name from Jonathan Davis to Kamaal Ibn John Fareed. Described by fellow Quest member, Jarobi as the "Leader" on A Tribe Called Quest's debut album, Q-Tip is now considered as one of the leaders in the rap game. He helped pioneer a positive hip-hop movement as part of the native tongues and has made it his duty to help and provide direction for some of the most talented artists over the years, such as Busta Rhymes, Consequence, Nas, Mobb Deep, The UN. Q-Tip has three unreleased albums, two with DreamWorks Records and one "Abstractions" with Arista. He has released two solo albums to date. In 2006 Q-Tip rejoined fellow members of A Tribe Called Quest and went on a sellout tour of the USA, Mexico and Canada.
Jonathan Davis (born April 10, 1970 in Harlem, New York), also known by his stage names Q-Tip, Kamaal the Abstract and The Abstract Poetic, is an American Grammy Award winning rapper, actor, producer and the former leader of the group A Tribe Called Quest. He converted to Islam in the mid-1990s and changed his name to Kamaal Ibn John Fareed. He later moved to Jamaica, Queens, New York as a child. As referenced in the song "Check the Rhime", he mostly resided at Linden Boulevard. He released his debut solo album Amplified in 1999 and followed this up in 2008 with The Renaissance.
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Kamaal Ibn John Fareed (born Jonathan Davis on April 10, 1970), better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an American hip hop artist from St. Albans, Queens, New York, part of the critically acclaimed group A Tribe Called Quest. John Bush of Allmusic called him "the best rapper/producer in hip-hop history," while editors of About.com placed him on their list of the Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers, as well as placing him on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987-2007). In 2012, The Source ranked him #20 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time.