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Q-Tip to Offer ‘Industry Rule No. 4080′ in Upcoming Book

Queens, NY rapper Q-Tip has signed a deal with Ballantine Books to publish a book about the former Tribe Called Quest member’s insights on the entertainment world, fashion, love and industry ethics.

The book is entitled ‘Industry Rules,’ a play on the infamous Q-Tip line “Industry rule number 4080/Record company people are shady,” from Tribe’s “Check the Rhime,” and it tells Tip’s story; from his early life in Queens through Tribe’s rise and fall, and his subsequent solo career.

“It was important to me to write a book because on the whole, I feel we could all be more literate, and as an artist, I’m always looking for ways to do something cool, different, and both light and introspective at the same time,” Q-Tip said about his inspiration behind publishing.

“With so many influences, like Duke Ellington’s writing, or the music played by radio DJs in the 70’s, or just what you see hanging out on Linden Blvd., there’s a lot to say, and I look forward to reaching a bunch of colorful dudes and gals with the project.”

Q-Tip’s most recent album ‘The Renaissance,’ is in stores now, and it’s pretty great.

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