Q-Tip, seen here at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York in 2012, has spoken for nearly a decade of plans to act as jazz legend Miles Davis
Rapper Q-Tip will portray Miles Davis in a reading of a new play about the jazz legend, the author announced Wednesday.
Q-Tip -- best known as the key voice of A Tribe Called Quest, which popularized a more alternative brand of hip-hop -- has spoken for nearly a decade of plans to act as Davis.
Nelson George, a prominent music journalist, wrote on Instagram that his script will finally see the light on Monday -- not yet fully staged, but as a reading.
"My Funny Valentine" will focus on a day in the life of Davis in 1981, when the trumpeter and composer was embarking on a career revival.
"By responding to a fan's letter the trumpeter ignites a chain of life altering events," The Public Theater, a Manhattan venue that showcases contemporary work, said in its description.
The Public Theater is featuring "My Funny Valentine" as part of a series to highlight quality scripts that have not yet been turned into full-fledged plays or movies.
Q-Tip, a frequent actor as well as the artistic advisor on hip-hop culture to the Kennedy Center federal arts complex in Washington, told XXL magazine in 2010 that he was eager to play Davis as he related to him.