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Ali Shaheed Muhammad

b, ttbl, *1970 US, Bedford–Stuyvesant
Musician / Producer of Hip-Hop/Rap
A.k.a. Ali Shaheed Muhammad Jones Ali Shaheed Jones-Muhammad

Ali Shaheed Muhammad was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. At an early age, Ali became fascinated with music. His earliest memory of this fascination was toting around a yellow Mickey Mouse transistor radio he received as a gift. "I brought that with me everywhere; I was comforted by the sounds that came from that little box," he says. Other memories lead to house parties his mother would throw where his Uncle Mike would deejay. It was at one of these parties that the then eight-year-old Ali took control of the mixer and turntables and began his life long musical journey. Ali went from local neighborhood deejay to a world-renowned producer and musician, forming not one but two popular bands. The first group, A Tribe Called Quest, was where "Mr. Muhammad" partnered up with band mates Q-Tip and Phife. The hip-hop trio recorded six albums, wherein three stand incontestable as hip-hop classics. Their innovation changed the sound of hip-hop and R&B with jazzy, melodic beats. Tribe's influence still lives with artists like D’Angelo, Common, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, The Roots and Musiq. Ali also co-founded a super trio named "Lucy Pearl" with band members Dawn Robinson and Raphael Saadiq, where he was able to explore more of his music abilities. Lucy Pearl fused funk, rock, R&B and hip-hop bringing a new energy and sound the the scene. Ali is also a 4-time Grammy nominee -- twice with A Tribe Called Quest, once for works with D’Angelo, and once for Lucy Pearl. With plenty of production credits, no Grammy wins and two defunct groups, what is left for the DJ with plenty more music in his soul?

  • Bass
  • Turntables
  • Bass guitar
  • Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Electronic
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
Questions on The Midnight Hour by Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Sunflowers - Instrumental on Instrumentals JID009 by Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Another Side of You - Remix on There Is Only Now by Souls Of Mischief & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Bulletproof Love on Luke Cage by Various Artists
A New Spring on Lonnie Liston Smith JID017 by Lonnie Liston Smith, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Fire In Detroit on Phil Ranelin and Wendell Harrison JID016 by Various Artists
Gravity on Roy Ayers JID002 by Roy Ayers, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Theme on Luke Cage by Various Artists
Ethiopian Sunshower on Brian Jackson JID008 by Brian Jackson, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Hey Lover on Roy Ayers JID002 by Roy Ayers, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

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Band Members
Title Artist Year Type
Marvel's Luke Cage Season Two - Original SoundtrackAdrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad2018Album
Luke Cage - Original SoundtrackAdrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad2016Album
Shaheedullah And StereotypesAli Shaheed Muhammad2004Album
Elevated Orange / Lord Can I Have This MercyAli Shaheed Muhammad2004Album
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