Q-Tip Talks New Solo Sound; Eyes Collaborations With Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Eve

Former A Tribe Called Quest frontman Q-Tip is currently hard at work preparing his debut solo album, tentatively titled "Amplified." ATCQ fans are eagerly anticipating the new release, especially in the wake of the success of Q-Tip's "Vivrant Thing" single from the recently released "Violator - The Album" compilation.

Q-Tip recently spoke with the MTV Radio Network about the album. "I'm just myself and I've been through a lot of life," he began. "I've been through negative and positive, and you know, I'm gonna speak about life as it exists in the three-sixty because there's two sides of a coin. I just got to be real, and I just got to be me, but I'm gonna be passionate about it." [RealAudio]

Q-Tip is hoping to collaborate with the Beastie Boys, Radiohead and Eve from the Ruff Ryders on the album, which is tentatively due in November. If the Q-Tip/Beastie Boys collaboration

does take place, it won't be the first time they've recorded together: Q-Tip guested on "Get It Together" from the Beasties' 1994 album, "Ill Communication."

In other Q-Tip news, the rapper is getting ready to co-star with Mary J. Blige in a movie that he co-wrote called "Prison Song" (see "Q-Tip Set To Star In 'Prison Song' With Mary J. Blige, Fat Joe, Elvis Costello").

-- John Gill