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Q-Tip announces two UK shows

Q-Tip

Story by Jack Foley

Following the enormous success of his one-off show at London’s Roundhouse in 2009, hip hop superstar Q-Tip is back by popular demand, announcing two exclusive UK dates in August 2011.

New York native and founding member of pioneering alternative hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ) , rapper Q-Tip – aka Kamaal the Abstract – will be playing London’s indigO2 and the Manchester Academy.

For an artist who tours too infrequently to satisfy the needs of his fans, his shows promise to be a treat for fans of the rap icon and his distinctive tone.

The UK tour dates are (both August 2011)

23 – Manchester Academy
26 – London indigO2

Tickets go on general sale from 9am on Friday, June 3 priced at £28.50 (London) and £25 (Manchester).

The enigmatic, and influential part of the ‘Native Tongue’ movement of the late 80s and early 90s, along with De La Soul and The Jungle Brothers, Q Tip and fellow Tribe members, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Phife changed the face of hip hop at a time when ‘gangster’ and ‘hardcore’ rap ruled the airwaves.

Tribe’s jazz and reggae-influenced artistry spawned their debut LP, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, in 1990.

They went on to create four more classic albums, The Low End Theory Midnight Marauders, Beats, Rhymes and Life and The Love Movement, before disbanding in 1998.

Q-Tip then mounted a solo career with the 1999 release of Amplified. Produced mainly by himself and Jay Dee (Slum Village), the album gained Q Tip a more mainstream fan base, and success with chart topping singles Breathe n Stop and Vibrant Thing.

There was to be a gap of almost 10 years before he released his second solo album, The Renaissance.