NEW YORK, January 10, 2005 — Universal/Motown has signed hip hop legend Q-Tip as a solo artist on Universal/Motown announced Sylvia Rhone, President of Motown/Executive Vice President of Universal Records.

“Q-Tip has remained one of hip hop’s most influential innovators,” stated Ms. Rhone. “His name is synonymous with everything that is progressive about hip hop. His poetry, passion, encyclopedic knowledge of music, and unquenchable desire to challenge both himself and the status-quo makes him the consummate artist. He joins our label with both feet in the future, certain to reign as one of our new signature artists, a vital force whose intelligence and energy resonates throughout the entire cultural landscape. The entire company joins me in welcoming Q-Tip as part of the Universal/Motown family.”

“I’m thrilled to join the great team at Universal/Motown and relish the opportunity of working with true music people like Sylvia Rhone and Tone[Executive Vice President, Universal/Motown],” stated Q-Tip. “I’m honored to be part of a label that has been so crucial to the development of black music and I look forward to working with everybody on this great team.”

Q-Tip first rose to prominence in 1988 as one of the founders of the trailblazing hip hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, whose cerebral wordplay, socially conscious themes, and intricate fusion of jazz and other genre-bending influences changed hip hop’s lexicon forever. The group’s six-album legacy includes their groundbreaking1990 debut on Jive Records, People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm, as well as their follow-up classic Low End Theory in 1991. Q-Tip also appeared with kindred hip hop pioneers De La Soul on their seminal 3 Feet High And Rising album, becoming a key contributor to their Native Tongues Collective, cementing his rep as one of music’s most indispensable visionaries.

A Tribe Called Quest disbanded in 1998, with Q-Tip launching his solo career with the critically acclaimed Amplified soon after. Revered by peers in and outside of hip hop’s tremendous orbit, Q-Tip’s long list of collaborations include everyone from Busta Rhymes to Korn. Most recently Q-Tip was signed to Arista Records. He is currently in the studio working on his new album.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 71 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.