Q-Tip – The Renaissance

Label: Universal/Motown
Rating: 4 Guns

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Q-Tip

Written By: White Chicks On Rap

I don’t care if you agree with me on this statement, but I believe that Q-Tip is one of the best rappers in the game. As a member of A Tribe Called Quest and as a guest and solo artist, Q-Tip has been on some of the greatest songs in hip-hop, electronica and pop since 1989.

Q-Tip has spent the last six years in label hell. In 2002, he tried to release Kamaal The Abstract (a follow up to his 1999 debut Amplified), but his label refused to it release it because it was seen as an non-commercial album.

With a new label, Q-Tip is back in full force. Q-Tip has always been a renaissance artist, so it is fitting that his return to the music scene is called The Renaissance.

On the opener “Johnny Is Dead”, Q lets you know what his purpose is…”it is up to me to bring back the hope” and he does not fail. Q still has his rapid fire deliver over jazzy and soul beats.

Guests on the album include Amanda Diva on ManWomanBoogie, D’Angelo on Believe, Norah Jones on Life Is Better and Raphael Saadiq on WeLove/WeFight.

On Dance On Glass, Q is rapping with no music for at least one minute. That is what hip-hop was. Standing on a corner with no music, freestyling.

It might have taken ten years for Q-Tip to return, but it was worth the wait.

Like Q-Tip? You may also like: A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Talib Kweli.

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