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The Renaissance

Q-Tip

2008

The Renaissance

Album Summary

The Renaissance is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Q-Tip, released November 4, 2008, on Universal Motown Records. The follow-up to his solo debut album, Amplified (1999), it was recorded after Q-Tip's Kamaal the Abstract (2009) was initially shelved in 2002 by his former label Arista Records and his proposed effort Open was shelved by Universal Motown, both deemed commercially inadequate by the labels. The Renaissance was produced primarily by Q-Tip and features guest contributions by D'Angelo, Norah Jones, Amanda Diva, and Raphael Saadiq. The album debuted at number 11 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 34,219 copies in its first week. It produced three singles and has sold 131,200 copies in the United States. Upon its release, The Renaissance received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised Q-Tip's lyricism and production aesthetic, and earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album.

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Rating

3.28

Votes

5251

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

Still one of the sexiest voices in rap along with... hm... Heems? That requires further study. Anyway, while this is a leeeetle too smooth and low key for me, especially considering the heights he hit before and after, it has enough bounce to keep the dangers of easy listening at bay. And I appreciate that he always raps with a point plus one to prove.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
2

Was okay, mix of rap and electronic but didn't listen much to it

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Wed Dec 16 2020
1

Made it almost to the end of track 6. Really not my sort of music and I am unable to appreciate it at all. 1/5.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
1

Not the worst thing ever, but rap and hip-hop aren’t my thing. Sorry

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Sun May 09 2021
1

Very similar to other same genre music but worse, so why would you ever want to listen this?

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Thu Aug 19 2021
1

Some of the music tracks were okay. Rap just doesn't do it for me, and this entire album was monochromatic.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

This is amazing.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

pleasant surprise

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

One of the best hip-hop albums I've ever listened to. Smooth-- like a good bourbon with sick beats and lyrics to match. Q-Tip taking bodies.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

This is a good album of music I typically do not listen to

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Good chill album. Best song "We Fight/We Love"

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Great hooks and beat.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Thoroughly enjoyable. Unheralded classic.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Damn! This is exactly the kind of hip-hop I love.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Excellent Rap Album. Great beats w Tip's flow is fantastic.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Jazzy and groove-filled - excellent lyrics and flow to the entire production

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

The nice foundation of rhythm.

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Thu May 27 2021
5

ipod worthy hip hop electro pop

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Deliciously tasty and laid back hip hop. Surprised I haven't heard of this one before.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
5

I adore Q-Tip... Another album I was already familiar with. That voice is like dripping honey...

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Good sounding music with rap. Sometimes drive, sometimes chill, great for listening.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

Really groovy and excellent.

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Qtip is one of the best rappers of all time. Love this album

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Great Classic

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

Fantastic mix of jazz, funk, soul, rock and hip hop. Q-Tip has a fantastic flow as well. The transitions are great and the use of samples is perfect

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

Loved it. I've listened to it like 4 times already. No time to dig into the history but that's coming for sure!

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

yes yes

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Great album. Huge fan of old TCQ and most Native Tongues stuff from back in the day and I didn't think an album like this was possible anymore. Love the samples, scratch, beats and old skool vibe of The Renaissance. Below are some great highlights that have occupied my ears for the past couple days: Gettin Up WeFight/WeLove ManWomanBoogie Move If this was a solo album it makes me wonder what the other four members of Tribe Called Quest were doing in the studio.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
5

My first thought was, yuck, another hip hop album. Not my usual fare. About halfway through I was amazed how much I liked it. This is something I wouldn’t have listened to without this site, and I’m glad I did. This is my favorite album discovery this year.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Very cool hip-hop album. Q-Tip has a unique flow, very jazzy/R&B instrumentation. Highly recommend.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

Favorite of the series so far. Fantastic album really loved track 2 “Won’t Trade”

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

1.Good intro 2.Super good song :) (ADD) this album is 5/5 im not doing more notes, this mans cadence is so good ok nvm the song you is bad imo dance on glass is FIRE

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Great stuff. Didn’t know it. Jived with the Tribe called Quest and Digable Planets stuff I enjoy.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Wow, this was good. Best rap/hiphop album so far on the list. I only knew Q-Tip by way of A Tribe Called Quest, but having heard this, I should definitely check out his other solo albums as well.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Had this album as a 4* album, liked it at the time, but of course it was difficult not to compare to A Tribe Called Quest. Now after so many years it actually turned out to be much better than I remembered. It is just a very strong album and I can see why it was included on the list.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

Really really liked this album. Felt like a 90s rap classic even tho it came out in 2008. Really liked the first track and move

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Sun Mar 27 2022
5

Excellent!

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

I like Q-Tip. This is a slay

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Already a fan !

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Fri May 06 2022
5

Really like his slow punchy style of rap, especially over the jazz like backing tracks. Every track after and including "Move" is really good.

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Mon May 09 2022
5

this was great! really good production, really good lyrics, enjoyed it a lot.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

Really solid hip hop.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

Hip Hop ISN'T dead

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

Man, ya gotta love Q-Tip. A model of consistency.

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Sat Jun 18 2022
5

Would buy

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

No dull songs in the whole album. Very consistent. The aesthetic throughout is amazing.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Johny is dead, Won’t trade, You, Manwomanboogie, Life is better, Believe

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Fresh production, excellent lyrics, musically interesting samples. What's not to love. Favorites: Move, Believe, ManWomanBoogie. This one of the most fun albums suggested so far. A real pleasure to listen to.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

I was initially planning to listen to the first few songs and then finish the rest later, but the album was so constantly engaging that I finished the whole thing in one sitting. I think that deserves 5 stars. I loved how Q-Tip's delivery felt precise but free, how the structure of the songs was loose and not rigidly determined, and how the songs were sequenced in such a way that there was a good mixture of continuity and contrast between songs, keeping up the album's momentum till the end.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Приятный альбом Группу A tribe called quest я знаю, а вот сольник одного из их участников нет 🤓 Не знаю, насколько я права в своих ощущениях, но такой вот нью-йорк vibezzzzz Остается в моей медиатеке определенно 🏙

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

АБСТРАКТ ЕДИНСТВЕННЫЙ МУЖЧИНА ЗАСЛУЖИВАЮЩИЙ ПРАВА

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Really influential. 4.7⭐

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

Fishy~

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Q-Tip is just a boss! Excellent sampling and production from one of the best, no thug nonsense here, just mellow beats and rhymes to keep your body moving.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

10/10 from the album cover, I was expecting something new-wave but was pleasantly surprised to hear a really awesome, progressive, electronic hip-hop album honestly, those beats slapped like a mother fucker all around fantastic

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

I wasn’t excited to put this in at first but it was a banger front to back. Would listen again.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

:pepejam: My bose ad began with the words 'when the world gets in the way of your music.' I would like to unsubscribe from self aware ads. Fantastic production. I'm not done but i'm feelin a 5/5 today Favorite songs: Johnny Is Dead and ManWomanBoogie

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Very nice. Normally not a genre I listen to. Pleasantly surprised

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Yes. More of this, please.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

So good

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Surprisingly refreshing

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

Loved this album. Neo soul, hip hop, funk, experimental. Great lyrics.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

i felt things

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Sun Nov 27 2022
5

This just hit a perfect spot for me.

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Mon Nov 16 2020
4

Hi quality vintage hip hop

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Was dope

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Thu Oct 08 2020
4

feels older than it is, probly becuase hes a 90s hip hop dude and the recording apparently started in fuckin 2002. how the hell did this take so long to make?? like its pretty good but its not THAT good. solid tunes, was a good time.

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Wed Sep 16 2020
4

Really great album, heard it before

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Thu Nov 12 2020
4

great album, never listened prior some real gems here, you & we fight/we love, so good

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Fri May 21 2021
4

2008: Won't Trade, Gettin' Up

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Q-Tip is still one of the best MCs to ever grace the mic. It's a solid record with some good beats and bars. Call it a 3.5. Favorite tracks: "Gettin Up", "WeFight/WeLove", "Shaka"

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Mon Nov 16 2020
4

Groovy, smooth, 00’er hiphop vibe

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

I'm an unabashed fan of experimental hiphop and this fits the bill. The lyricism is clever, the content is (for the most part) interesting and, at times, real heavy. I like that. The biggest issue with it that the tracks start to sort of blend together about a third of the way through. There are a few that break the mold but, for the most part, it's a pretty one-note album. No bangers, very little fire. Still real good, though. Just not 5-star fare.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

vibes

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Good beats. Nice collaborations.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Super chill and easy to listen to. Really enjoyed it. Kind of jazzy, feels positive, but a little old school style. Like a more upbeat Tribe Called Quest.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

This is incredible. Funky and melodic. Will def revisit.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Mmm det e bra! Oldschool, men ändå modern rap. Man rycks med! Lite hissmusik för coola personer.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Like the sound of this with the combination of live instrumentation and samples. Really natural and organic feel and flow. Also like that it's simply Q Tip as the MC and not bogged down in too many guest MCs. He brings in singers to sing but not to rap. Bonus points with me: he covers/samples Can on "Manwomanboogie"

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Super funky hip-hop album by an artist I'd never encountered before. I really, really enjoyed it. I was a bit hesitant at first as I'm not a huge fan of a lot of post 90s hip-hop, but every song felt like some banger that I'd known all along. Outstanding album with some really introspective and interesting themes & lyrics.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Instrumentals pretty fun. Definitely going to come back to this

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Guenísimo muajá!

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Tue May 11 2021
4

First few times I heard Q-Tip was randomly on the radio, and each time I would be like WHO IS THIS?? It was not like anything else I had heard. Something about the combination of his unique voice and the jazz and funkiness of the samples keep his sound really tight and fresh, and is showcased well on this album.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Really dope

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Solid rap

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

Excellent album

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

Gooood stuff erinnert mich an Anderson paak lol

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

So smooth, so funky - sounds great whether you're tuning into the lyrics or not. Fave track - "Move", for the awesomely funky sample usage. Apparently that track was produced by J Dilla, who I know has an amazing reputation, but I've never really got what the fuss was about...

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Pretty chill

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Jazz funk fused with Hip-hop, very cool sound. Lyrics are well thought out as well.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Like this one

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Luvverly stuff, jazzy hip hop is my bag

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

De echte hip hop.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

Really enjoyed my listen through to this never heard of the act but it was great.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

punchy

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Solid album with cool, jazzy vibes. Q-Tip is a GOAT an dproved it here. Not all the songs were super interesting though.

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Tue May 04 2021
4

pretty cool - I like the sound here! didnt QTip die recently :(

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Had never heard this album before. Hovering between 3 and 4 stars. Going with a 4. Unrelated to this album, feeling bad my reviews are so short lately. I'm just not finding time to jot down anything substantive these days.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

I’m a big Tribe/Q-Tip fan, but I’ve never heard this album, so this was a very pleasant surprise. I also realized the meaning/allusion of the name Q-Tip after hearing the line, “what good is a Q-Tip if it isn’t in your ear,” mind blown. Lots of cool synth-hooks, a pleasant departure from Tribe’s jazz based samples. Some of the songs have this funky, up tempo thing going and it is fire. Q-Tip’s flow, rhythm and rhyme is solid as usual and doesn’t disappoint. The one thing I struggle with on this album are the R&B style choruses, there’s a lot of them. For some reason I don’t jive with modern R&B, I think it’s generally over produced and sappy, sounds like it’s a church band, though I felt myself jiving with a few. Overall great album. A-. 4, maybe a 5 if I listen ten more times.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

This was released during an era where I wasn't paying any attention to hip hop. I liked it a lot. Great music to have on while I was getting things done at work.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Ight

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Great album... I love funky rap

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Me gusta el funky y este disco Co ha estado mal. Me ha gustado mucho la colaboración con Norah Jones

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Better than expected. I liked that it only lasted 43 minutes.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Still freeeeesssshhhhhhh

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

Sehr schöner, funkiger HipHop

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Nisam mislio poslušati jer je takav dan, ali dobro da jesam. Zadovoljan sam sa albumom i to fino. Beatove je napravio odlično, flow dobar, trajanje albuma taman, ni predugačak, ni prekratak. Volim te jazz vibre na hip hop albumima. Mislim ovaj album nije kao ATCQ gdje se više osjeti jazz vibe, ovdje je mixed malo više groove/jazz i još koji soul ubačen zahvaljujući gostima. Fin album.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

muybueno

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Love this in “Johnny is Dead” “ But wait there's rain ahead, like Brit and Kevin Fed And magazine debris, is shit she gotta see it” This is a fun album with fantastic production. “Gettin Up” was great and “Official” had me checking my phone constantly to see “what song is this?” “You” also does great work with repetition. I think “Move” is my favorite track. “Dance on Glass” features some fire ass a cappella. “Shaka” was hella fun, and “Feva” is a synthy head bopper of a closing track.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

I enjoyed every moment of this - especially when Norah Jones showed up and started Norah Jones'ing.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

I’m a fan. Never heard of this artist but I will be in the future!

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Wed May 12 2021
4

I liked it, would listen again

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Enjoyed.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Nice flow, funky beats. Will look into Q-Tip a bit more,.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Hip Hop Today huh? Neat. Johnny is Dead-Snazzy. Hip hop is one of those genres that has the same beats to it executed really really well. The meoldies, if you can call them that, are short, repeat but hit just right to the beat with the right rap lyrics, this ones doin fine. Won't Trade-Damn. Good beats yo. If i knew how to hip hop dance id be busting a move out there. Gettin' Up-Yo, ,i am 3 tracks in and impressed at all the unique starts these tracks have. i appreciate that record scratch at the end. Official-Neat Loop leitmotif? I like the vibe You-I like the mellowness of the track We Fight/We Love-okay i didnt write anything till it was over but i enjoyed its beats and vibe. Manwomanbogie-jazzy dancy? liked it. Move-the beats be bumpin. the renaissance indeed. Dance on Glass-dance beat hip hop Life is Better-Its just the beats man. each song has its own repeating beat track that just works with the vibe and rhythm of the spoken word rap lyrics. its good shit is what im saying. In conclusion, Yeah HipHop pretty cool.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Quite like Gettin Up, a love song which you don't hear much in hiphop You reminds of Kendrick Lamar, so this album is ahead of its time We Fight/We Love reminds of Stevie Wonder Norah Jones track is quite good Overall very breezy and slick, has a great sense of musicality and singing that prefaces the direction of hip hop in a few years

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

Okay, I can get on this one. It's upbeat and has legit production chops going. I like it.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

this is the newest album i've gotten since lorde's melodrama (2017) about 80 albums ago, so that's exciting. really liked the first song. i kinda forgot to write here, i was vibing, i liked this record lot. i loved all the features. i didn't looove his voice but it works just fine here, and i disliked some lyrics.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Enjoyed this. Didnt think I would because it being a 00's album and I think hip hop went to crap in the 00's. It sounded like an album from the 90's and I loved it. 4 stars.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

How can I not love the solo stuff of one my favorite rap groups? Q-Tip continues to show his eloquence for beats and bars on this project with its incredible loops, hooks, and flow from track to track. The Renaissance is incredibly cohesive, and there is a good variety of the more catchy and pop sounding rap to the more artsy side the genre. One thing that has kind of gone to the wayside, but is very present in more classical rap acts, is a booming bass sound that isn't overblown. And that is properly showcased in The Renaissance, along with a gradient of punch to dusty drums, and a multitude of keys to love. The one thing that seems to be holding this album back for me is that most of the songs are love focused, which is just boring to me for any genre. Highlights: 2, 5, 6, 9, and 10.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

I was very pleasantly surprised by this album. I loved it. An album I would put on and listen to the whole way through. The song We Fight/We Love is fantastic.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

When it’s good it’s really great but it almost feels directionless at times. Love it when qtip is flowing but it moves at weird angles at times.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Kom á óvart, skemmtileg áhlustun.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

I really feel I should have paid more attention to Q-Tip, this album is an absolute classic. Great beats, melodies and rhythms!

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Another nice discovery from this experiment. Q-Tip’s lyrical flow is impressive. The lyrics are plentiful and refreshing in their lack of overt misogyny and violence typical of many hip hop albums. The sample in Won’t Trade is on point. There is something missing that I can’t quite point out. There are several times where the album falls flat for me, like the beginning of Dance On Glass and all of Shaka. There is a lot more to like here though. I look forward to circling back to Q-Tip.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

I'm surprised to find a Q-Tip solo album on the list. I've heard Q-Tip's work with the incomparable Tribe Called Quest, but had never heard his solo stuff. Following on the heels of the Haircut One Hundred this week, here's another album where jazz stylings elevate the work above others in its genre. "The Renaissance" is a little less hip-hop focused than Tribe albums - it's still there, but there is also plenty of soul and funk. (I don't know, on repeated listens maybe this isn't so true... I'll have to go back and listen to Tribe.) Q-Tip has this should-be-too-high-but-somehow-works kind of voice. His super smooth flow probably helps it work. The style is great - great flow, great lyricism. But I feel like there aren't great hooks or choruses that would make it really memorable for the most part. A great collection of chill alternative hip-hop songs, but as a result it fades into the background a bit too easily.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

A little like A Tribe Called Quest, felt like an east coast rap vibe to me, dug it.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

The first things I noticed on Renaissance is that the music has a refreshingly live, organic feel and it's nuanced. Of course a lot of it is sewn together from loops, but the loops were obviously recorded specifically for these tunes by actual bassists, keyboardists, drummers, and guitarists. That beats the crap out of wall to wall drum machines, synths and samplers. Even when Q-Tip does use synths and drums machines, they never outright suck. Also, these tracks are layered--they are designed to be listened to more than once and discarded. I like how, especially in the 1st half of the album, the music will drop in and out unexpectedly, woven together with spoken word samples. He's also borrows a bit from experimental hip hop artist Prefuse 73's chopped and screwed approach, which is cool. This isn't instantly disposable product the way most mainstream hiphop is. Another thing about Renaissance is despite the variety of sounds, production touches, and editing strategies, it's cohesive. It feels like Q-Tip is trying to make a real album as opposed to a string of Spotify singles. All in all, Renaissance is a pleasant listen. Notice that I haven't said a thing about Q-Tip's raps yet. That's probably because musically speaking, they are the least impressive thing about Renaissance. He isn't doing anything interesting rhythmically. How about lyrically? Well, there is very little juvenile bragging, mysogyny or gangster huffing and puffing, which is a relief. But how is his wordplay? I mean, it isn't terrible, but there are few of the zingers you would expect from a rapper like Chuck D. Now, some people might take issue with Renaissance's lack of edge. And they have a point, kind of. It does have a smooth, New Soul kind of vibe. Personally, I would have preferred the jazz influences to be a little more trenchant, more Herbie Hancock than Robert Glasper, more Ben Monder than Kurt Rosenwinkle; I would have liked a bit more funk, a bit more grime, but that wasn't the album that Q-Tip wanted to make. For what he's going for, he's done a good job. And it's worth noting that Q-Tip is all over this record, as a composer, as a musician, as a rapper, as a producer, even as a recording engineer.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

I dig it

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

I've listened to plenty of A Tribe Called Quest, but this is the first solo Q-Tip I've heard. It's good! It's very Q-Tip, and brings a pleasant chill groove in an era where a lot of hip hop was electronic/dance hybrids. There's room for thoughtful rhymes that manage to stealthily make an impact. And best of all, it feels like this is on the list because it's a simply good album, not because it's "influential".

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

I like the production and all but somehow this album sounds like background music to me :(

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

pretty cooooolll surprised i hadn’t heard of before. cool songs 4.5

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Always super impressed to hear the way the Q-tip rhymes. Dude is legit one of the smoothest flowers to ever grace the mic, and I think for that I always look forward be that he is gonna sling at us. This one for sure is pretty good, I really dug the features. Just a solid album for sure.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Very cohesive and focused album with an experimental mix of hip hop and R&B. Fav tracks: Johnny is Dead, Won't Trade, You, Move, Believe.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

I remember my brother-in-law recommended this album when it came out, but I didn't get into it at the time.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Gorgeous album.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

не ну классненький хапчик, репчик, попчик, покачал головой, не дикий вау, но настрой позитивный и приятно слушается

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Was feeling fatigued of genres I don't normally listen to after a disappointing last album, but this is so good.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Funky, cool, definitely listen to this again

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

Surprised that I enjoyed this one as much as I did. Good tunes lots of good mellowness . Nice rhymes instruments etc. Didn't blow me away but it was enjoyable

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Unexpected gem for me. I liked the sound.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Q-Tip and ATCQ are always vibes

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Neato.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

Doesn’t feel like it pushes many boundaries. Pretty solid production and lyrics but very forgettable beats. 7/10

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

7/10. I liked how chilled out this was to listen to, while also having really interesting lyrics.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

8/10 well paced and well produced with good bars. I think the biggest issue is that q-tips flow starts feeling really repetitive by the end

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Following up on LL Cool J I get Q-Tip, which looking at the track list is a bit more explicit. The album cover is quite classy, though so let's see. I'm embarrassed at my lack of depth of knowledge in this genre of music. 5 tracks in and I am entranced. Smart, jazzy, smooooth hip-hop with occasional gorgeous guest vocals over the top. More than halfway through and each song is more interesting than the last. This is a great album. I liked it a whole lot more than I expected. I might even call it a revelation. I should probably check out A Tribe Called Quest. I guess surprises like this album are what this project is about. I generally assume that the best of any genre (in music, movies, books, food, whatever) is probably pretty good. The Renaissance is a good example.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Refreshingly non aggressive with little of Rap's ugly braggadocio. Good pop music, samples and mix of singing and rapping. Enjoyable.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

pretty cool

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

It is unmistakably Q-Tip, but he is trying something new. It works on some tracks more than others, but the mix of glitchy samples, early 00s chill out and beats that go far further off the fours than ATCQs jazzy stuff either blows your mind, or leaves you missing the bounce and the Phife of his earlier work. The good stuff tends to be the Robert Glasper and J Dilla produced tracks, unsurprisingly, and when he calls out a roll call of hip hop's finest, ending with his name I have to admit I teared up a little (patronising details for people who are here for the Eagles - Dilla passed away before the album was completed, an event which probably changed the course of hip hop, as he was on the cusp of running the game).

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

So good

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

Ik blijf het een lastig genre vinden om naar te luisteren. Maar dit album viel me wel in de smaak. Het heeft vlotte ritmes, en klinkt niet al te agressief. Het nummer die muziekloos begint is wel opvallend

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Good

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Inte lika bra som hans album med Tribe men hög kvalitet ändå.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Groovy hip hop with a consistent vibe. Sollid

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Ordagran megapangare

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

It has some great songs

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Cool and funky album

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Good rap album

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Très bon album, l'influence jazz à la ATCQ est très bien faite, pas vraiment de moments faibles sur l'album.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Very solid

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

I only knew this guy from collaborations with other artists. I was happy to have a chance to actually listen to an album, and this did not disappoint!

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Drips with cool.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Very cool! Quite a mix of styles, including a real mix of artists, blended superbly. Found myself bobbing my head up and down and moving in my seat as I listened. Done right, I love when jazz and R&B or jazz and hip-hop get together, and this album does it right. And I had already become a fan of jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel (I recommend checking out his work), so it was wicked cool to see he contributed to this album. I'll definitely listen to this album again and I'll have to explore more of Q-Tip's work. This is an outstanding and interesting album.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Liked it, not to intense, good message, nice flow.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Q-Tip is a genius, and I love everything he puts out. This album doesn't have any hits but it is a great listen nonetheless.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Started off strong, got weak then got better

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Highlights: Won't Trade, Life is Better. Tracks range from solid to gorgeous. The percussion, all the way through, is just damn good.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

Smooth. I appreciate the live band.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Laid back!

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Very good, smooth foot tapping rap. I liked it.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Un album dans lequel Q-Tip se confie sur la renaissance qu'il connaît depuis qu'il s'est échappé du groupe A Tribe Called Quest. Et on peut le comprendre.

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Tue May 03 2022
4

I'm a fan!

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Sat May 07 2022
4

Dope shit

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Tue May 10 2022
4

I liked Q-Tip from the moment I heard him on Get It Together with the Beastie Boys. I've heard him with A Tribe Called Quest and enjoyed it. I never did listen to him solo. It's really solid. Not much to say really. Just a very enjoyable album. Q Tip is a fantastic rapper and the beats are awesome.

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Tue May 24 2022
4

Liked it a lot. A lot of musical variance in the musical ideas.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

I'm not a hip hop guy but I liked this. 1st three tracks really stand out

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Lovely album and I love Q Tip’s voice. Having said that, there wasn’t a track that jumped out here - it just flowed smoothly from beginning to end. Well-crafted, but neither earth-shattering or offensive. If I hadn’t heard Q Tip previously, I would have loved this, but as it stands, it seems like another accomplished album to add to his discography.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Lovely nostalgic noughties rap!! Never heard of Q Tip but I love this vibe and this album it's yummy! Especially Life is Better with Norah Jones. Catchy, relaxed, good vibes!

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Fuckin dope, lil overwhelmed by hip hop cause it's not my normal stuff but this is very good.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

This album’s opener “Johnny is Dead” starts off with a catchy fat groove. I’m loving that bass sound. The rest of the album doesn’t let up either. Every track has a great sound and Q-Tip’s delivery is spot on. His voice has a great rhythm to it that fits in with the groove he’s rapping over. The opener, “Gettin Up” and “Life is Better” are my favorite tracks so far, but I need to listen to this album a few more times to get to know it more. I’m still new to a lot of hip-hop, but it’s great albums like this that get me excited about exploring the genre more.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

It's weird because I feel like I never heard anything about Q-Tip after his debut album. Maybe I wasn't paying attention to hip-hop or maybe he wasn't showing up much in the mainstream. But this is a solid album. It has an old school feel - soul, funk? Like there's some Stevie Wonder or George Clinton in there (especially noticeable at WeFight/WLove and ManWomanBoogie). I had it on repeat for awhile. I'm not sure it has anything that absolutely grabbed me as out of this world, but as a collective it was great. Some that stood out though were Johnny is Dead, Getting Up, and Move for their beat and sound, Dance on Glass for its lyrics.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

I knew Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest and his collaboration with the Beastie Boys on Ill Communication. But man, this takes it to another level. His flow was great, the guest stars really hit the mark. Every track was concise and did not overstay their welcome. I really REALLY enjoyed this album. Definitely one to pick up.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Q-Tip is one of the group of rappers whose music leaves you feeling chilled and feeling positive about life, rather than angsty and wound up - on that basis alone this album is worth a 4/5.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Very solid from beginning to end. No notes.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

My kind of hip hoppery

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Smooth, great voice... but doesn't break any boundaries, especially considering its release year. A safe rap option for the book.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Great 90s style rhyme and flow over the top of a great sounding backing

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

While his voice can be a bit congested sounding at times, it does require that the listener pay attention a bit more than perhaps normally. There is something a bit off about his rhyming that still makes sense, almost like he forces it at times, but unlike other artists where it feels as though they sacrifice clarity of message for the sake of a rhyme, Q-Tip instead seems to double-down on the flow itself to keep the integrity of his lyrics. This might be a long way of saying that he writes with intention rather than convenience. Some of the more popular rap artists opt for the convenient rhyme over the intentional writing, take any song that is more recognizable by its beat than its verses, and there is the example. Compare that to someone like Q-Tip, and the infusion of jazz, it makes some rap artists out there sound like lottery-winning amateurs, carried by a beat but forgotten in the verse. Q-Tip manages both, the jazz infusion is incredible. So much of jazz alone is chaotic and hard to follow, but Q-Tip and his use of it along with his verses make a path worth following, an order to the chaos.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Good background rap. The flow is crazy on some tracks and the beats are all very mellow

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

I liked it. Always been a atop fan

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Wow I didn't think Q-Tip would have a record on this list! This is such a great immediate lyrical hook that starts the album! "Sometimes I phase out when I look at the screen And I think about my chance for me to intervene And it's up to me to bring back the hope Put feeling in the music that you could quote Not saying that I hate it, cause here I kinda dig it But what good is a ear if a Q-Tip isn't in it?" - Really clean production all around. - There's some stretches across the album where the lyrics get a little dull for me. I suspect that it's because in these moments there's such an emphasis on a rhyming scheme that the cleverness in the message falls a little flat in order to fit the rhyme. Overall I enjoyed the album!

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

I really like Tribe Called Quest but this is my first time listening to solo Q-Tip. His lyrics are fantastic - really sharp, clever wordplay, and the songs are focused. There’s a lot of storytelling too. But you can also kick back and just enjoy the jazzy bounce of his flow without paying close attention to the words. He moves fast but somehow sounds laid back at the same time. His flow on “Won’t Trade” in particular is great. The beat on the first half of “Move” is insane! I’ve always heard J-Dilla talked about as a legendary producer and now I understand why. The sampling on this track is ridiculous! Man, Norah Jones should sing more hooks on rap songs. Her voice is actually perfect for songs like these.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Good vibe, even though it is not my genre I liked it.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Has the beats and the deft lyricism of Tribe, but replaces the charisma of the group rapport with polished and at times slower cadence than fans of A Tribe Called Quest might be expecting. This album represents an opportunity to exhibit a more personal contribution from Q-tip, away from the influence of his youth’s Hip-Hop roots

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

I think this is the first solo Q-Tip album I've heard, though I'm a big fan of ATCQ. It's got that signature flair that I know from Q-Tip, present very obviously in the production (most of which he does himself). I can't help but dig this because I'm such a fan, there are some fantastic cuts on here, even if it didn't all hold my attention for the entirety. This one's great, and we need more good hip hop on this list. Favorite tracks: Johnny is Dead, Won't Trade, Official, You. Album art: Pretty simple, seemingly Q-Tip covering his face with some kind of MPC. It's not much to shout about, but it gets the job done. 4/5

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Rap + hip hop + album that flors between songs = banger

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

First I’ve heard of Q-tip. The album was good, nothing wowed me, but I enjoyed all the songs. Great groove, good beats and the lyrics were fast and fun.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

Beste chille rap

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

really only heard q-tip from chappelle's mark twain ceremony, but ive heard some tribe called quest and my sense is that this is gonna be jazzy-conscious-dense-roots-like. i guess i was right for the most part, but the sounds are much richer than that. the instrumentation is so fun and layered and light, the words are dense pero magaan sa tenga. it's so uppy and jammy, like it wants to remind me that in the trap-infested soundscape of today's hiphop, you can make a great record that doesnt grate on your eardrums. "wont trade" is so narratively rich, "gettin up" is perfect everywhere except the chorus, and if norah jones says "life is better" i'll believe her. "manwomanboogie" shoulda been an instrumental. i might be getting spoiled getting two good easy-listen albums in a row. not looking forward to the captain beefheart portion of the proceedings.

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