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Q-Tip Speaks on Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Celebration

Q-Tip isn’t the only one throwing a party for Michael Jackson’s would-be 51st birthday.

Director Spike Lee is celebrating the pop legend’s posthumous birthday with a celebration in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Saturday (August 29).

“[Spike] wanted me to [DJ] his, but I had mine going so I told him he should get [DJ] Spinna,” Q-Tip told “His is going on in the day, I’ll probably stop by there and say ‘hey’ and Spike is going to come over to my joint in the evening.”

Spike Lee’s tribute takes place from noon to 5 p.m., at the Nethermead Field. As previously reported, Q-Tip is also observing MJ’s 51st birthday with “Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson,” Saturday night at the Nokia Theatre.

Q-Tip is also honoring Michael Jackson with contributions to Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite—a set of remix albums with classic MJ songs revamped by the likes of The Neptunes, Polow Da Don, Stargate, Ryan Leslie and Tricky Stewart.

“I did a remix of ‘ABC’ that’s on there, Q-Tip said. “Just try different chords to go with the melody, make it still feel musical.”

Tip’s long-awaited, previously shelved sophomore solo album Kaamal The Abstract hits stores on September 15, on Battery Records. –John Kennedy

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