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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As a Writer or co-writer

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

Following the lead of De La Soul, their friends and comrades in the ‘Native Tongues’ rap collective, A Tribe Called Quest blazed alternative rap trails with a laid-back, witty, progressive style as well as innovative beats and enlightened lyrics that paved the way for the ‘jazz rap’ of Digable Planets, Jungle Brothers, Us3 and other outside-the-box hip-hop artists. ~ Rolling Stone: A Tribe Called Quest ~ retrieved April 21, 2014 © Rolling Stone

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

A Tribe Called Quest ~ Scenario (Muhammad/Higgins/Jackson/Davis/Taylor/Smith) ~ Ranked #26 Rolling Stone 50 Greatest Hip Hop Songs Of All Time in 2012 ~ Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad cultivated a reputation as bohemian jazzbos, but they made one of their best songs when the incense smoke cleared, and they got into b-boy mode - slinging tight rhymes over a wicked downbeat. This meeting between Tribe and Leaders of the New School is one of rap's most exciting oddball summits. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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