Q-Tip revealed through his Twitter account yesterday that he’s doing tracks for the upcoming albums for Mary J. Blige and Beyoncé.
He also says that he and Kanye are working on getting some tracks together for Jay-Z as well.
This is great news to us!!!!
In addition to producing the bulk of the material on A Tribe Called Quest’s first three albums, Q-Tip has done quite a bit of outside production work in both hip-hop & R&B. Check out some cuts that Tip had a hand in that you probably didn’t know about!
Mariah Carey “Honey”
The behind the scenes roster on this cut was rather surprising as the song was co-written and co-produced by Q-Tip along with Mariah, Diddy Puff Daddy, and Stevie J. Tip was allegedly gettin’ it in with Mariah around this time, and Mariah’s ex-husband, Tommy Motolla (aka The Devil, if you let Michael Jackson tell it), allegedly put out a hit on Q-Tip. Tip rapped about this on “Do It Be It See It” from his solo debut, 1999’s Amplified.
Whitney Houston “Fine”
Featured on Whitney’s 2-disc The Greatest Hits compilation from 2000, “Fine” was a writing and producing collaboration between Q-Tip and Raphael Saadiq.
Stanley Clarke “1, 2 To The Bass”
Q-Tip joined jazz bassist Stanley Clarke to co-produce and add some rhymes to the title track from his 2003 album.
Kurt Rosenwinkel “Heartcore”
Stepping completely outside of the realm of hip-hop, Q-Tip lent his production skills to jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel’s album, Heartcore. Rosenwinkel was a member of Q-Tip’s band that played on his jazz-influenced Kamaal the Abstract album, as well as his 2008 release, The Renaissance.
Towa Tei “Happy” (Q-Tip’s Remix Dub)
In 1990, Q-Tip laid down a verse on Deee-Lite’s classic dance single “Groove Is In The Heart.” In 1997, one of Deee-Lite’s DJ’s, Towa Tei, reached out to Q-Tip to remix his 1997 single “Happy.”
Jamiroquai “Deeper Underground” (The Ummah Mix)
Acid Jazz/Disco/Funksters Jamiroquai tapped Tip for a remix of their 1999 single “Deeper Underground” from the soundtrack of Godzilla.
Mint Condition “Let Me Be The One”
The last great mainstream R&B band (*sigh*) asked Q-Tip to remix this single from their 1996 album, Definition Of A Band. Tip also laced them with a verse.