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Q-Tip playing Michael Jackson birthday show

Rapper Q-Tip is set to pay tribute to Michael Jackson at his New York show on Saturday (27Aug11) to mark the late King of Pop's upcoming birthday.

The former A Tribe Called Quest star is playing the Irving Plaza with DJ Spinna, and the duo will use the gig to remember Michael Jackson, who would have turned 53 on Monday (29Aug11).

Q-Tip says, "Michael Jackson was a huge influence on my music and was an inspiration to me and so many others. I want to bring people together to celebrate the man, his music and his legacy that will undoubtedly live on forever!"