Q-Tip Charged With Assault

The rapper allegedly broke a man's jaw in a dispute at New York's Virgin Megastore.

NEW YORK — Rapper Q-Tip was charged last week with breaking another man's jaw during an alleged March 15 dispute at a Manhattan record store.

The former Tribe Called Quest rapper, born Jonathan Davis and now called Kamal Fareed, was issued a ticket to appear in court April 24, at which time he likely will be arraigned, according to Sarah Frank, a spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.

Police charged Q-Tip, 28, with third-degree assault Thursday in the incident, which took place at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square, according to police spokesperson Valerie St. Rose. The rapper is accused of punching the victim following an argument.

Police did not release the victim's name or the motive in the alleged attack. But the New York Post reported that Q-Tip was still upset with the victim, aspiring rapper Kenrick Miranda, about an incident during the summer at local studio the Hit Factory. Q-Tip allegedly objected to Miranda passing out demo tapes in the studio parking lot.

A spokesperson for Q-Tip at Arista Records could not be reached for comment.

Q-Tip released his first solo album, Amplified, in November. The album featured the spare but energetic single "Vivrant Thing" (RealAudio excerpt). A Tribe Called Quest, famous for their use of jazz samples on 1991's The Low End Theory, broke up in 1998.