Kanye West and Q - Tip (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
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It's about damn time. Three years after the release of his last album, 2009's Kamaal/The Abstract, former A Tribe Called Quest leader Q-Tip has inked with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam Recordings label and his preparing his fourth solo album, tentatively titled The Last Zulu, for release in early 2013.

“I’m humbled to be a part of such a storied history," Q-Tip said of Def Jam in a statement. "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.”

Sounds good, dude...

Oh, and remember, Q-Tip and Kanye's partnership is nothing new. Tip was a credited producer on 'Ye's  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, as well as on Kanye's 2011 collabo with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne. Otherwise he's stayed a busy man; Q-Tip has been in the studio working with Rico Love, Marsha Ambrosius, Kendrick Lamar and Fiona Apple, and he also produced songs on the latest album by Grammy-winning bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding.

Last July, Q-Tip and his old partners in A Tribe Called Quest, dropped a documentary about their influential hip hop group calledBeats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Watch that trailer below, then groove to a few of my favorite Q-Tip or A Tribe Called Quest songs.

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