Q-Tip, the New York hip-hop legend and former leader of A Tribe Called Quest, has signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint on Def Jam Recordings. His fourth solo effort, tentatively titled "The Last Zulu," will be released through the label in 2013.
Q-Tip joins a roster that includes hip-hop/R&B artists like Pusha T, Big Sean, John Legend and Kid Cudi, among others. A G.O.O.D. music compilation album is in the works, with its West-led first track, "Mercy," being released last week. Q-Tip previously worked with West on his 2010 album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," as well as on "Watch The Throne," the collaborative album between West and Jay-Z.
"I'm excited to be a part of the great iconic Def Jam label," Q-Tip says in a statement. "I'm humbled to be a part of such a storied history. To reconnect with [Island Def Jam Chairman & CEO] 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."
According to a press release, Q-Tip has recently spent studio time with R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius, Black Hippy rapper Kendrick Lamar, producer Rico Love, and, most curiously, indie rock chanteuse Fiona Apple, whose own long-awaited fourth album will be released in June. Q-Tip's last solo effort, "Kamaal/The Abstract," debuted at No. 77 on the Billboard 200 in 2009, while "Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest," a documentary that chronicled the rise of the groundbreaking hip-hop collective, was released last year.