He collaborated with R&B singer Raphael Saadiq and released the hit single "Get Involved".
Later that year, he signed with Arista Records and released his solo debut Amplified, which he produced with Jay Dee.
We exasperated every P-Funk record that we could." So Q-Tip took the idea of "some of this Cal Tjader record" or "what's up with Lou Donaldson?
That summer, A Tribe Called Quest released their fourth album Beats, Rhymes and Life, which was produced by The Ummah.
Although Q-Tip was involved in the album's production, he considered the album a "showcase" for Jay Dee, In early 1998, a fire occurred at Q-Tip's home recording studio, completely destroying it; among the items destroyed in the blaze were his entire record collection, consisting of nearly 20,000 vinyl records, and a computer containing many unreleased songs.
Nicknamed The Abstract, he is noted for his innovative jazz-influenced style of hip hop production and his philosophical, esoteric and introspective lyrical themes.
He embarked on his music career in the late 1980s, as an MC and main producer of the influential alternative hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest.