Ali Shaheed Muhammad

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Muhammad performing in 2008
Muhammad performing in 2008
Background information
Birth nameAli Shaheed Muhammad
Also known asMr. Muhammad
Born (1970-08-11) August 11, 1970 (age 52)
OriginBedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.[1]
  • Disc jockey
  • record producer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
Years active1985–present
LabelsGarden Seeker Productions
Formerly of

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.[1] With Q-Tip and Phife Dawg (and sometimes Jarobi White), the group released five studio albums from 1990 to 1998 before disbanding; their final album was released in 2016. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Muhammad currently lives in Los Angeles.[1][2]


Muhammad speaking at Apple Fifth Avenue in New York City in 2006

Muhammad is a Muslim.[3] Together with Jay Dee and Q-Tip, he formed the music-production collective the Ummah.[1]

After A Tribe Called Quest 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.[1] On October 12, 2004, he released his debut solo album, Shaheedullah and Stereotypes.[1] He is currently the co-host of NPR's Microphone Check radio show.[4]

In 2013, Muhammad worked with producer Adrian Younge on the Souls of Mischief album There Is Only Now, as the album's narrator.[5] Since then Muhammad and Younge have collaborated to co-produce the soundtrack for both seasons of the Luke Cage TV series,[6][7] and they have toured together since 2018 as The Midnight Hour, releasing an album by the same name.[8][9]

In 2019, Muhammad contributed to Saadiq's fifth album, Jimmy Lee.[10]

In 2020, Muhammad and Younge launched the Jazz Is Dead album series, collaborating with jazz musicians Roy Ayers, Marcos Valle, Doug Carn, Gary Bartz, João Donato, and the trio Azymuth.[11][12]


Studio albums
with Lucy Pearl
with Adrian Younge
  • Luke Cage (Original Soundtrack Album) (2016)
  • Luke Cage: Season Two (Original Score) (2018)
  • The Midnight Hour (as The Midnight Hour) (2018)
  • Jazz Is Dead 001 (2020)
  • Roy Ayers JID002 (2020)
  • Marcos Valle JID003 (2020)
  • Azymuth JID004 (2020)
  • Doug Carn JID005 (2020)
  • Gary Bartz JID006 (2021)
  • João Donato JID007 (2021)
  • Brian Jackson JID008 (2021)
  • Instrumentals JID009 (2021)
  • Remixes JID010 (2021)
  • Jazz is Dead 011 (2022)
  • Jean Carne JID012 (2022)
  • Katalyst JID013 (2022)
  • Henry Franklin JID014 (2022)

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  1. ^ a b c d e f 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. ^ "The Midnight Hour is giving a jazzy nod to soul and hip-hop in upcoming Charlotte performance". QCityMetro. September 13, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  3. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "About Microphone Check". June 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Rys, Dan. "Adrian Younge Talks New Concept Album With Souls Of Mischief, Narrated By Ali Shaheed Muhammad – XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "Luke Cage (Original Soundtrack Album) by Various Artists". October 7, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Luke Cage season 2 soundtrack revealed: who are the musical acts in Netflix's Marvel series?". Radio Times. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  8. ^ Madden, Sidney (July 18, 2018). "The Midnight Hour: Tiny Desk Concert". Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  9. ^ "Ali Shaheed Muhammad / Adrian Younge: The Midnight Hour". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  10. ^ Strauss, Matthew (June 7, 2019). "Raphael Saadiq Announces Jimmy Lee, First New Album in Eight Years". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  11. ^ "Ali Shaheed Muhammad / Adrian Younge – Jazz Is Dead 001". AllMusic. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  12. ^ "Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved September 7, 2021.

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