2. Q-Tip says that block parties were the origin of hip-hop to him.

3. His original name was J-Nice.

At the time in which Tip was coming up, everyone’s rap name ended with a “Ice” or “Nice.” Fortunately for him, Afrika from the Jungle Brothers started calling him Q-Tip. Despite not being a fan of the original nickname, Tip began to like it once he realized how fond the ladies had grown of his new alias.


4. Q-Tip attended Murry Bergtraum where he met Jarobi and Ali Shaheed.

The three connected with Phife Dawg, a childhood friend of Tip’s and “A Tribe Called Quest Was Born.”

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