Q-Tip is entering the TV production space with a new scripted series that will be based on his early years as a member of A Tribe Called Quest, and the entire Native Tongues collective (Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, et al).
Joining Q-Tip in bringing this project to the screen are Leonardo DiCaprio and his Wolf Of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill, with DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company producing.
The series isn’t set up at any network yet, but Deadline says it’ll be shopped around starting next week. Let’s hope it goes to a cable TV channel like an HBO, Showtime, FX, or AMC.
No word yet on whether there’s any involved from Q-Tip’s band-mates, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White, but the series will have a broader focus, beyond just ATCQ, and will include stories of the friendship and shared artistic vision of the entire Native Tongues collective, and the influence their music had then through today.
With this project, Q-Tip joins 50 Cent, John Legend, and other black musicians who have projects set up at various TV networks.