Ali Shaheed Muhammad, multi-instrumentalist
A Tribe Called Quest ~ Lucy Pearl

Ali Shaheed Muhammad

August 11, 1970, Brooklyn, New York, NY

At an early age Ali became fascinated with music. His earliest memory of this fascination was toting around a yellow Mickey Mouse transistor radio he received as a gift. “I brought that with me everywhere; I was comforted by the sounds that came from that little box,” he says. Other memories lead to house parties his mother would throw where his Uncle Mike would deejay. It was at one of these parties that the then eight-year-old Ali took control of the mixer and turntables and began his life long musical journey. Ali went from local neighborhood deejay to a world-renowned producer and musician, forming not one but two popular bands. The first group, A Tribe Called Quest, was where ‘Mr. Muhammad’ partnered up with band mates Q-Tip and Phife. The hip-hop trio recorded five albums. Two stand incontestable as hip-hop classics. Their innovation changed the sound of hip-hop and R&B with jazzy, melodic beats. Tribe exited the world via the same stage as The Beatles and The Police, but their influence still lives with artists like D'Angelo, Common, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, The Roots and Musiq. After Tribe, Ali co-founded a new super trio named Lucy Pearl. Here with band members Dawn Robinson and Raphael Saadiq, he was able to explore more of his music abilities. Lucy Pearl fused funk, rock, R&B and hip-hop bringing a new energy and sound which remains to be duplicated. ~ Giant Step: Ali Shaheed Muhammad ~ retrieved February 7, 2013 © Giant Step

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D'Angelo ~ Brown Sugar (D'Angelo/Muhammad) ~ Ranked #85 Soul Bounce Top 100 Soul/R&B Songs in 2008 ~ D'Angelo's voice flowed over the Ali Shaheed Mohammed track like hot butter and got even the hardest thugs to nod their heads. ~ 2008 © SoulBounce

A Tribe Called Quest

Without question the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest jump-started and perfected the hip-hop alternative to hardcore and gangsta rap. […] Comprised of Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Phife, A Tribe Called Quest debuted in 1989 and released their debut album one year later. Second album The Low End Theory was, quite simply, the most consistent and flowing hip-hop album ever recorded, though the trio moved closer to their harder contemporaries on 1993's Midnight Marauders. ~ Allmusic: A Tribe Called Quest ~ retrieved February 3, 2014 © Allmusic

A Tribe Called Quest ~ Ranked #27 VH-1 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Artists in 2003

A Tribe Called Quest ~ Low End Theory (1991) ~ Ranked #153 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Many connected the dots between hip-hop and jazz, but this LP drew the whole picture. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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