This week, Kanye West added another member to his expanding G.O.O.D. Music roster when he brought Q-Tip aboard. Thursday morning (April 12), Tip called into the Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Show With K Foxx on New York’s Hot 97 to give details on the deal.
“I worked with Kanye since [My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy],” Q-Tip began explaining. “He was like, ‘Yo, you should work on this.’ I came through, went to Hawaii, then we started working on Watch The Throne. And we was just listening to joint, and he was like, ‘What’s up?’ And I was like, ‘I got my thing.’ He was like, ‘Man, you should just link up with the team, it don’t make no other sense but to do it’. And I was like, ‘Let’s do it.’”
Yeezy and Q-Tip have worked together multiple times in the past, and the Queens veteran said that the partnership felt like the right thing to do now. “We worked on a lot of stuff,” he continued. “It was just natural that we solidified the work relationship like that. It’s good, man. I’m excited about it. We got a lot of things that we working on, we got a lot of things on the horizon. It just feels right.”
Late last week, Kanye, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz dropped the lead single from the G.O.O.D. Music compilation, “Mercy.” Now that Q-Tip is on the team, he admits that fans can expect to hear him on the upcoming release as well. “It’s a joint with me and 2 Chainz and Common that we messed around with, I don’t know if we finished it,” he revealed regarding his contributions on project. “Then there’s a joint with Puhsa [T] that we working on. So, yeah, we messing around with ideas.”
Q-Tip also gave some details on his solo album, The Last Zulu, which is tentatively scheduled to drop next year.
“This is the other thing that kind of got ‘Ye intrigued,” he said. “I was playing him beats off of that, [and] he was like, ‘Man, this is crazy! We gotta do this.’ That was kind of another part of it. The science behind that is it’s a concept album. I came up in the Zulu Nation. It was led by Afrika Bambaataa who was considered to be one of the founding members of hip-hop. Coming up in the Zulu Nation, I went to all the functions, and repped it with [A Tribe Called Quest]. On one of my birthdays, my manager got me a DNA kit. I had the kit, I sent it in, and when I it got back, the chart was saying all South African roots. During the slave trade, the region of South Africa, if you were a slave here in America and you came from there, it was very rare, because of how far it was. The beats are hard. It sounds like some old raw breaks. It’s just real dope.” —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)