It was in a 1974 Dodge Dart that Q-Tip and his Tribe Called Quest brethren took a four-minute cross-country trek with "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo," the second single off the group's 1990 debut, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
Now 22 years later, both car and Q-Tip are hitting the road. Chrysler Group's introducing a new $15,995 Dart this year and Q-Tip's headed to Miami Beach for a DJ set at LIV on January 25.
While Tip's best known for his role in A Tribe Called Quest, the 41-year-old MC's an avid record collector. To call him a musical expert would be a vile understatement and horrid misrepresentation. Q-Tip, the Abstract, is passionate about music, perhaps obsessive.
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There's a great scene in Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, Michael Rapaport's 2011 documentary, where Tip's deconstructing Lonnie Smith's "Spinnin' Wheel," one of several songs sampled on Tribe's "Can I Kick It?" With a subtle, seemingly subconscious intensity, Tip recalls the first time he fell in love with the record, detailing each moment from the time he examined the album's cover art to the minute he heard the snare drum. It's at that moment in the film you realize, this dude's fucking nuts.
Even though he won't be spitting verses at LIV, expect Q-Tip to really blow your mind via other people's music.