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. With Q-Tip and Phife Dawg (and sometimes Jarobi White), the group released six studio albums from 1990 to 2016.

Ali Shaheed Muhammad
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
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 active1988present
LabelsGarden Seeker Productions
Associated actsA Tribe Called Quest, The Ummah, Lucy Pearl, D'Angelo, Adrian Younge

Muhammad is a Muslim.[2] Together with Jay Dee and Q-Tip, he formed the music-production collective the Ummah.

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. On October 12, 2004 he released his debut solo album, Shaheedullah and Stereotypes. He is currently the co-host of NPR's Microphone Check radio show.[3]

In 2016, Muhammad co-produced the soundtrack to the Luke Cage TV series with Adrian Younge.[4] He reprised his production with Younge for season 2 in 2018.


Studio albums
Collaborative albums

See also


  1. 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. "About Microphone Check". Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  3. "Luke Cage (Original Soundtrack Album) by Various Artists". 7 October 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2018.


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