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Q-Tip to Produce Esperanza Spalding’s Next LP

Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding took the world by surprise when she was named Best New Artist at Sunday’s  53rd Annual Grammy Awards, beating out favorites like Drake and Justin Bieber. Her upset victory caused a sizeable backlash among fans of the other nominated artists, who took to Twitter to attack Spalding – making her a trending topic in the process.

In the midst of all of the negativity surrounding her win, Spalding found an unlikely ally in Q-Tip, frontman of the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest.  Tip came to Spalding’s defense on Twitter following the ceremony and announced his future plans with the musician.

“I happen 2 b producing esperanza’s next Lp,” he wrote yesterday. “She’s a sweet talented woman wish the haters wld be more careful w/ comments.”

To some, this may seem like a random pairing, but Q-Tip has long been a supporter of jazz music, with a majority of ATCQ’s catalogue based on samples from the genre. In addition Tip is currently set to play jazz great Miles Davis in an upcoming biopic.

Spalding’s next album, tentatively titled Radio Music Society, is due for release later this year.—Tyrone Palmer

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