Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Ali Shaheed Muhammad (born August 11, 1970) is an American hip hop DJ, record producer, and rapper, best known as a member of A Tribe Called Quest.[1] With Q-Tip and Phife Dawg (and sometimes Jarobi White), the group released five studio albums from 1990 to 1998 before disbanding; their final album was released in 2016. A native of Brooklyn, New York City, Muhammad currently lives in Los Angeles.[1][2]

Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Ali Shaheed Muhammad speaking at an Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City on August 13, 2006
Ali Shaheed Muhammad speaking at an Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City on August 13, 2006
Background information
Birth nameAli Shaheed Muhammad
Also known asMr. Muhammad
Born (1970-08-11) August 11, 1970 (age 50)
OriginBedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.[1]
GenresHip hop, R&B, soul
Occupation(s)DJ, producer, rapper
InstrumentsBass guitar, keyboards, drums, guitar, percussion, turntables, vocals
Years active1985–present
LabelsGarden Seeker Productions
Associated actsA Tribe Called Quest, The Ummah, Lucy Pearl, D'Angelo, Adrian Younge

Muhammad is a Muslim.[3] Together with Jay Dee and Q-Tip, he formed the music-production collective the Ummah.[1]

After the group disbanded, Muhammad formed the R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl with Dawn Robinson, formerly of En Vogue and Raphael Saadiq, formerly of Tony! Toni! Toné!, releasing one album in 2000.[1] On October 12, 2004, he released his debut solo album, Shaheedullah and Stereotypes.[1] He is currently the co-host of NPR's Microphone Check radio show.[4]

In 2013, Muhammad worked with producer Adrian Younge on the Souls of Mischief album There Is Only Now, as the album's narrator.[5] Since then Muhammad and Young have collaborated to co-produce the soundtrack for both seasons of the Luke Cage TV series,[6][7] and they have toured together since 2018 as The Midnight Hour, releasing an album by the same name.[8][9]

In 2019, Muhammad contributed to Saadiq's fifth album, Jimmy Lee.[10]


Studio albums
Collaborative albums

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Torres, Andre. "Ali Shaheed Muhammad – About", Linear Labs, Accessed February 27, 2019. "The soft-spoken and contemplative Brooklyn native began a life of music at an early age, spending years DJing parties in his Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood before co-founding Tribe in 1985."
  2. ^ "The Midnight Hour is giving a jazzy nod to soul and hip-hop in upcoming Charlotte performance". QCityMetro. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  3. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "About Microphone Check". Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  5. ^ Rys, Dan. "Adrian Younge Talks New Concept Album With Souls Of Mischief, Narrated By Ali Shaheed Muhammad - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  6. ^ "Luke Cage (Original Soundtrack Album) by Various Artists". 7 October 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Luke Cage season 2 soundtrack revealed: who are the musical acts in Netflix's Marvel series?". Radio Times. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  8. ^ "The Midnight Hour: Tiny Desk Concert". Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  9. ^ "Ali Shaheed Muhammad / Adrian Younge: The Midnight Hour". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  10. ^ Strauss, Matthew (June 7, 2019). "Raphael Saadiq Announces Jimmy Lee, First New Album in Eight Years". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 15, 2020.

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