Renaissance CD (2008)

Artist: Q-Tip

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 209766314
UPC 602517876422
UPC 14 00602517876422
Format CD
Release Date 11/4/2008
Author Q-Tip
Associated Artist/Work Business Intl (The)
Associated Artist/Work Common
Associated Artist/Work D'Angelo
Associated Artist/Work Def, Mos
Associated Artist/Work J. Period
Associated Artist/Work Mos Def
Associated Artist/Work Ronson, Mark
Artist Influence Big Daddy Kane
Artist Influence De La Soul
Artist Influence Jungle Brothers
Artist Influence KRS-One
Artist Influence Slick Rick
Artist Influence Stetsasonic
Artist Contemporary Allure
Artist Contemporary Busta Rhymes
Artist Contemporary Common
Artist Contemporary Guru
Artist Contemporary Kool Keith
Artist Contemporary Large Professor
Artist Contemporary Mos Def
Artist Contemporary Pete Rock
Artist Contemporary Pharoahe Monch
Artist Contemporary Phife Dawg
Artist Contemporary Rakim
Artist Contemporary Snoop Dogg
Artist Contemporary Spank Rock
Artist Contemporary Tr? Hardson
Artist Follower Andr? 3000
Artist Follower Camp Lo
Artist Follower Common
Artist Follower Kanye West
Artist Follower Mos Def
Artist Follower Pharrell Williams
Technical Info
Engineer Kamaal Fareed; Q-Tip; Blair Wells
Producer Q-Tip
CatalogID 001221302
Lable Name Motown
Released 11/04/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517876422
Musical Guests
Raphael Saadiq
Amanda Diva
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Audio Mixers: Kamaal Fareed; Blair Wells.
Recording information: Legacy Recording Studios; The Abstract Ranch.
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
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.
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.
Artist Overview
One of the most prominent figures of rap's golden age, Q-Tip is known most as a co-founding member of A Tribe Called Quest. That group emerged as one of the most popular and progressive acts in all of hip-hop with classic LPs like The Low End Theory (1991) and Midnight Marauders (1993). Q-Tip mounted a solo career with the successful Amplified (1999). A follow-up, Kamaal the Abstract, was not released until seven years after its intended street date and ended up following his second proper album, The Renaissance (2008). Overlooked for his production and collaborative work, Q-Tip's discography also includes contributions to Nas' "One Love," Janet Jackson's "Got 'Til It's Gone," and D'Angelo's Black Messiah. ~ Jason Ankeny
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) (p.100) - 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) (p.82) - 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'..."
Disc 1
1 Johnny Is Dead
2 Won't Trade
3 Gettin' Up
4 Official
5 You
6 We Fight/We Love
7 Manwomanboogie
8 Move
9 Dance On Glass
10 Life Is Better
11 Believe
12 Shaka
Product Attributes
Artist Q-Tip
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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