Q-Tip Sings On Jazzed-Up Second LP

Backed by live band, MC flexes his pipes on next solo effort.

Q-Tip has reinvented himself yet again on his second solo album, which is scheduled to hit stores in November.

Tip — who came with a more esoteric musical approach from his A Tribe Called Quest days on his first solo outing, Amplified (the hits "Breathe and Stop" and "Vivrant Thing" notwithstanding) — is not classifying his next LP as hip-hop, according to a spokesperson.

No stranger to incorporating jazz into his sound — ATCQ sampled a plethora of jazz greats and even recorded a track titled "Jazz" — the Abstract Poet embraces the genre more than ever on his still-untitled LP. A live band backs him throughout the album, and he'll be heard singing as much as rapping, the spokesperson said.

Away from the mic, Q-Tip was last seen in December in the cast of the HBO cable film "Disappearing Acts." He completed a starring role in "Prison Song" in 1999 (see "Q-Tip Plans 'Amplified' Ascension, Wraps Film Project"); his label, Arista Records, had no word on when that movie would be released.