Maybe the trend for 2012 is for rappers to sign LEGENDS to their labels, as Baby & Slim signed Busta Rhymes and Mystikal to their Cash Money Records label and now, Kanye West has signed A Tribe Called Quest’s, Q-Tip. Q-Tip did some production on both Ye’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Family’ album as well as the ‘Watch The Throne’ album to which Ye collaborated with Jay Z.
Tip broke the unexpected announcement Wednesday (April 11) morning via a statement.
“I’m excited to be a part of the great iconic Def Jam label,” said Q-Tip. “I’m humbled to be a part of such a storied history. To reconnect with Barry Weiss is a great thing. As far as G.O.O.D. Music, I’m excited to solidify my working relationship with Kanye, and I look forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead in our partnership. I will do my best to present the most cutting edge music I can.” (Statement)
Check out Q-Tip and Kanye West performing the classic ‘Award Tour’ by A Tribe Called Quest at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival in Brooklyn New York, Summer 2012.