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Renaissance (2008)

Artist: Q-Tip
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Format: CD
Sku: 209766314
UPC: 602517876422
UPC 14: 00602517876422
Release Date: 11/4/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Johnny Is Dead ~ Q-Tip
2. Won't Trade ~ Q-Tip
3. Gettin' Up ~ Q-Tip
4. Official ~ Q-Tip
5. You ~ Q-Tip
6. We Fight/We Love ~ Q-Tip
7. Manwomanboogie ~ Q-Tip
8. Move ~ Q-Tip
9. Dance On Glass ~ Q-Tip
10. Life Is Better ~ Q-Tip
11. Believe ~ Q-Tip
12. Shaka ~ Q-Tip

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Q-Tip (keyboards, programming); Chris Shola, Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar); Kamaal Fareed (keyboards, drums, programming); Mark Colenburg (keyboards, drums); James A. Hunt, Robert Glasper Trio, Marc Cary (keyboards); Amanda Diva, Norah Jones, Raphael Saadiq (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Kamaal Fareed; Blair Wells.
Muze PNote Recording information: Legacy Recording Studios; The Abstract Ranch.
Muze PNote Photographer: Danny Clinch.
Muze PNote Q-Tip's 1999 solo debut, AMPLIFIED, was perhaps too party-oriented, too pop-influenced, too strayed from straightforward hip-hop, to have pleased die-hard A Tribe Called Quest fans. After nine years of the genre's evolution, which saw a handful of experimenters (i.e., Andre 3000, Kanye West, Pharrel Williams) running with Tip's instincts to great mainstream success, the positivistic, soft soul-based hip-hop sound purveyed by the nasal-voiced Tribe frontman now seems a whole lot closer to rap conventions.
Muze PNote Tip's second official solo release, THE RENAISSANCE, has been a long time coming and is a welcome breath of fresh air. The man once known as the Abstract Poetic lets his complex lyrical intuitions run wild as he spits some of his most intricate free-associated verses since his Tribe days. Entirely self-produced (save for one gem, "Move," from the late J Dilla), THE RENAISSANCE relies on spacey jazz grooves, looping guitar lines, uplifting soul samples, and melodically suave vocal work courtesy of guests Norah Jones, D'Angelo, Amanda Diva, Raphael Saadiq, and, of course, Tip himself. THE RENAISSANCE is both nostalgic and forward-looking--one of the most rewarding and well-rounded albums of 2008.

Producer: Q-Tip

Engineer: Kamaal Fareed; Q-Tip; Blair Wells

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Raphael Saadiq
Muze Guest Artist Amanda Diva

Artist Overview

Born Jonathan Davis, the distinctively nasal-voiced MC/producer founded A Tribe Called Quest in 1988 with fellow high-schoolers Phife and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Releasing five acclaimed albums over ten years, Tribe led a jazz-based hip-hop revolution espousing positive lyrics and intelligent wordplay. Throughout the `90s, Q-Tip also worked as producer and mentor for a handful of upcoming artists (Mobb Deep, Nas, Jay Dee/J Dilla). A year after Tribe's 1998 break-up, he presented his solo debut, AMPLIFIED, a more pop-oriented, genre-bending effort, to a mixed reception. Mired in label entrapments, Tip saw three subsequent projects shelved before returning in 2008 with his triumphant second official LP, THE RENAISSANCE.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Anthology
Muze Music Compilations 1991-00-Trunk Funk Classics
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Funkin' Hits (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Monkey Business
Muze Music Compilations Timeless
Muze Music Compilations The Big Bang (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Millennium Col.-20th Cent
Muze Music Compilations This Is Me Then:best Of Common
Muze Music Compilations Funkmaster Flex Presents:mix Tape V1
Muze Music Compilations Renaissance
Muze Music Compilations Cadillac Records (Music From The Motion Picture) ( Deluxe Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Strings Attached (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Run Dmc
Muze Music Compilations Velvet Rope
Muze Music Compilations Hunger Games:mockingjay Part 1 (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Afro Samurai (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Outsider(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Done By The Forces Of Nature
Muze Music Compilations Coast Ii Coast

Associated Artists and Works

Business Intl (The)
Def, Mos
J. Period
Mos Def
Ronson, Mark

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/04/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 001221302
Music Label Name Label : Motown
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517876422

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.112)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Tribe Called Quest leader lays his eloquent flow over liquid arrangements shimmering with rhythmic finesse."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The liberal issues remain present and correct....It's the spare, funky twang of tunes like 'Man Woman Boogie' and 'Official' that convince you this relic of the Daisy Age is anything but a spent force."

Blender (Magazine)
- 3.5 stars out 5 -- "THE RENAISSANCE hints at newness, but its cushy boom-bap grooves, airy soulfulness and rhymes about struggle and redemption recall rap's Edenic 'golden age'..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Q-Tip
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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