DJ, rapper, and producer who first rose to fame as one-third of the group A Tribe Called Quest alongside Q Tip and Phife Dawg. He also went on to form the musical collective The Ummah and the R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl with Dawn Robinson and Raphael Saadiq.
He first began learning about music at eight years old from his uncle. He later began DJ-ing at parties around his neighborhood.
He co-hosted the hip-hop radio series "Microphone Check" distributed by National Public Radio.
His uncle Michael Jones was both a bass player and a DJ.
In his debut solo album Shaheedullah and Stereotypes, he featured song collaborations with pop singer Sy Smith.