Q-Tip Signs to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music

After much speculation, it’s official: Q-Tip has signed a deal with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label and Def Jam Recordings. His first album through the venture, tentatively titled The Last Zulu, is slated to drop early 2013.

“I’m excited to be a part of the great iconic Def Jam label,” Q-Tip said via a statement. “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.”

“I am thrilled to be working with Q-Tip once again,” added Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam, who worked with Tip in the 1990s when his group, A Tribe Called Quest was signed to Jive Records.  “He is a respected voice in the music community as shown by his acclaimed solo albums and countless contributions to the work of other artists.  His creativity continues to surpass all boundaries of hip-hop, R&B, pop, and jazz. We welcome Q-Tip to the G.O.O.D. Music /Island Def Jam family.”

The union won’t be the first time Tip and Kanye work together. The two also joined forces for ‘Ye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, on which Q-Tip produced, as well as West’s and Jay-Z’s recent collaborative effort, Watch the Throne.

Q-Tip was most recently in the studio with Rico Love, Marsha Ambrosius, Kendrick Lamar and Fiona Apple, among others. He also produced songs on the just-released fourth solo album by Esperanza Spalding. —Mariel Concepcion (@Mceezy)

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  • atown don

    Breaking news breaking news! Whodini just signed to G.O.O.D music as well… LOL

    • RJII

      lol hell naw

  • A.R. Knight

    not hating but i don’t really see the point in him signing this gen isn’t familiar w/his music i don’t Ye can do it i guess we’ll Have to see…..

  • WTF

    WTF this guy ^^^^ gotta be from ATL, land of the goofies hahaha

    • reese

      no doubt what a dumb fuck. yeah you know no one from this generation listen to tribe… if they are retarded. plus q-tips been on his game makin beats non stop. this is gonna be sick, stoked for a solo album.

  • Pri$e

    Same nigga that don’t listen to tribe is the same kinda nigga bangin Lil’ B. Fuckouttahere…

    • anthony

      Hey i listen to Lil B and i listen to Tribe!!!! you gtfoh here

  • B Eazy

    It always bugs me out when people talk about how older artists can’t appeal to the new generation, as if all the hip-hop fans over 25 died or don’t listen to music anymore. There are 60 year olds that were apart of the first generation of hip-hop in the 70′s that still go to shows and buy music. There are a lot more people with ALOT more money in the 25-60 demographic than the 12-24.

  • Sha

    First Yeezy signed his fam (Consequence), and now him…..

    From a production stand point this is a solid move. He’s sure to keep some fresh beats in the stable.

    From an A&R standpoint this is a little reckless. He couldn’t even keep his squad together. How can he roll with a new squad?

    From a profitability perspective this is kinda foolish. Q-Tip has kind of a Mona Lisa complex. While he is a dope producer, did his last album really sell that many copies? Does he have any billboard chart success (production wise and single wise) as an artist? Unfortunately, J-Dilla passed away and everyone knows that Q-Tip doesn’t have THAT kind of range.

    From a label perspective this is kinda dumb. Q-Tip is 43. How much more spittin’ can he do without graduating to an old man’s walker and Depends? Who does he think he is, Jay-Z?

    Overall…. A Questionable move by Kanye West. Sure, you’ve gotten a man who WAS definitely a genius behind the boards in his time. But his era has gone. He dropped a grenade in the middle of his own squad. And now he’s supposed to be a part of yours?