“Industry rule number 4,080: record company people are shady.” So said Q-Tip on the classic Tribe Called Quest song, “Check the Rhime.” Now he’s prepared to expand and expound upon said rule, and presumably many others, as he will release a book called Industry Rules (Ballantine Books) sometime next year.

Tip had this to say: “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. With so many influences, like Duke Ellington’s writing, or the music played by radio DJs in the ’70s, 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.”