Rapper Q-Tip has signed a new deal with Kanye West’s Island Def Jam imprint GOOD Music, it was announced yesterday. His first album for the label, ‘The Last Zulu’, is due for release early next year.
Q-Tip said in a statement: “I’m excited to be a part of the great iconic Def Jam label. I’m humbled to be a part of such a storied history. To reconnect with [IDJ boss] Barry Weiss is a great thing. As far as GOOD 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”.
Referencing his relationship with Q-Tip’s former group A Tribe Called Quest when both were affiliated to Jive Records in the 90s, Weiss, now CEO of Universal’s Republic and IDJ divisions, added: “I am thrilled to be working with Q-Tip once again. 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. His creativity continues to surpass all boundaries of hip-hop, R&B, pop, and jazz. We welcome Q-Tip to the Island Def Jam/GOOD Music family”.
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