A Tribe Called Quest star Q-Tip has signed to rapper Kanye West's record label.
The hip-hop icon's much-anticipated new album The Last Zulu will be released on West's imprint G.O.O.D. Music, which is also home to the likes of John Legend, Kid Cudi and Mos Def.
The new deal reunites Q-Tip with Tribe Called Quest's former label boss and Jive Ceo Barry Weiss, who recently took control of Island/Def Jam - the company overseeing West's imprint.
Weiss says, "I am thrilled to be working with Q-Tip once again. He is a respected voice in the music community as shown by his acclaimed solo albums and countless contributions to the work of other artists. His creativity continues to surpass all boundaries of hip-hop, R&B, pop, and jazz. We welcome Q-Tip to the G.O.O.D. Music/Island Def Jam family."
Q-Tip recently developed a close relationship with West after producing tracks on the rapper's latest album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and the 42 year old is thrilled about the new venture.
He adds, "I'm humbled to be a part of such a storied history. To reconnect with Barry Weiss is a great thing. 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."
Q-Tip's last album, Kamaal/The Abstract, was released in 2009.