Influential A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip celebrated his 42nd birthday yesterday, and kept the party going through today with the announcement that he had signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, according to XXL. G.O.O.D. Music, which falls under the Def Jam Recordings umbrella, has a roster that includes Pusha T, Big Sean, John Legend, Yasiin Bey, and Kid Cudi, among others.
Q-Tip has been enhancing his reputation as a producer of late, working with Esperanza Spalding on her newest album Radio Music Society and with Kanye himself on his Grammy Award-winning My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and ‘Ye and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne. His first album for G.O.O.D. Music – rumored to be titled The Last Zulu – could be coming out in early 2013.
“I’m excited to be a part of the great iconic Def Jam label,” Q-Tip said in a statement. “I’m humbled to be a part of such a storied history. 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.”
Barry Weiss, Chairman/CEO of Universal Republic/Island Def Jam, said in a statement he’s “thrilled” to be working with Q-Tip again, who he first worked with when Tribe was signed to Jive Records in the 1990s. “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,” said Weiss in a statement. “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.”