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The album was finally released on September 15, 2009, on Battery Records after being shelved for seven years.Following his work on Kamaal/The Abstract, Q-Tip featured on R. M.'s 2004 album Around the Sun, with a rap on "The Outsiders".
According to a DNA analysis, he descended, mainly, from the Jola people of Guinea-Bissau.
As referenced in the song "Check the Rhime", he mostly resided around Linden Boulevard.
According to Fareed, he was given his stage name by Afrika Baby Bam of Jungle Brothers, which he used as a replacement for his prior name, MC Love Child.
Pitchfork noted on the change in tenor, remarking, "Abstract the storyteller and social critic [has] been replaced by a scarcely recognizable, sex-obsessed MC." The release of his 2002 follow-up, Kamaal/The Abstract, was delayed despite critical acclaim and an issued a catalog number; Arista believed that it did not have commercial appeal.
It eventually leaked onto the Internet, and the distribution of promotional copies led several publications to run reviews of the album.
Kamaal Ibn John Fareed (born Jonathan William Davis; April 10, 1970), better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an American rapper, singer, actor, record producer and DJ.
He embarked on his music career as part of the critically acclaimed East Coast hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest.In 2016, shortly before the death of Phife Dawg, A Tribe Called Quest recorded their sixth album, releasing it in November of the same year.Outside of A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip rapped on the highly successful 1990 track "Groove Is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite, the 1994 Beastie Boys track "Get It Together", the 1995 Mad Skillz track "Extra Abstract Skillz,", the 2000 Slum Village track "Hold Tight", and the 2005 The Chemical Brothers track "Galvanize".That was just another energy element added to it altogether.So yeah, it was tough at time to go back in [and make another album]."Q-Tip had previously said that would be Tribe's final album.The following year, Q-Tip guested on De La Soul's groundbreaking 3 Feet High and Rising LP, with the two groups forever linked through their association with the Native Tongues collective.