Birth name

Jonathan Davis

Also known as

The Abstract, MC Love Child


10 April 1970 (age 46)


St. Albans, Queens, New York, United States


Hip hop


Rapper, record producer, DJ

Years active



Jive, Arista, Battery, GOOD Music, Def Jam

Associated acts

Beastie Boys, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, J Dilla, Jungle Brothers, Mobb Deep, Nas, Queen Latifah, A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West

Kamaal Ibn John Fareed (born 10 April 1970), better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an American rapper and record producer from St. Albans, Queens, New York. He was a part of the hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, who released a stream of critically acclaimed albums throughout the 1990s. After the group split up, Q-Tip went solo and has since released a number of solo albums.

Born Jonathan Davis in Harlem, he moved to Queens as a child. 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. In 1985, he formed A Tribe Called Quest with his high school friends Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White. The group signed to Jive Records and released five studios albums before dissoluting.

Q-Tip signed to Arista Records to release his solo debut album, Amplified, in 1999, which was more pop-oriented than anything he had done previously. Its follow up, Kamaal/The Abstract, was originally planned for a 2002 release, but it became shelved when Arista did not believe it would sell. Q-Tip signed to Motown/Universal Records for the release of his album The Renaissance in 2008, which was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards. He is currently working on his fourth studio album, The Last Zulu.


Main article: Q-Tip discography