Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest opened
for the Beasties Boys on most of the 1998 North American
Nasty Tour dates. This provided fans with an opportunity
to see Q-Tip join the Beastie Boys on stage during "Get
It Together" (which was usually part of the encore).
1998 was not the first time that Q-Tip had rhymed his lyrics
of "Get It Together" live on stage. Back in 1996
during the San Francisco Tibetan Freedom Concert, Q-Tip
surprised the Golden Gate Park crowd when he came out to
improv and freestyle during the Beastie Boys' set.
"Get It Together" (which
is found on Ill
Communication) allowed Q-Tip the chance to contribute
his own writing style to a Beastie Boys song. This was significant
at the time, because few rappers had collaborated with the
Beastie Boys. It is true that Biz
Markie had worked with the band prior to the release
Your Head, but no rapper had previously contributed
as much to an Beastie Boys album track as Q-Tip at that
point in history. "Get it Together" is not the
only song that Q-Tip lent his vocals to. It is rumored that
he also finished at least one other track that did not make
the album's final line up.
After the dissolution of A Tribe Called Quest in 1998,
Q-Tip has gone on to do some solo work as well as making
numerous guest appearances.