Amplified (Explicit Version) CD (1999)

Artist: Q-Tip

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Label Bmg/arista
SKU 60368282
UPC 078221461924
UPC 14 00078221461924
Format CD
Release Date 11/30/1999
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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
Technical Info
CatalogID 14619
Lable Name Arista
Released 11/30/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00078221461924
Musical Guests
Busta Rhymes
Korn
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes (rap vocals); Meda Leacock (background vocals); Korn.
Producers: Jay Dee, Q-Tip, DJ Scratch.
Engineers include: Steve Souder, Jason Groucott, Ken "Duro" Ifill.
Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, New York.
A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip has played a very important role in hip-hop. And though loyal Quest fans dreaded the day that the members of the threesome (sometimes foursome) would go their separate ways, everyone longed and waited patiently for the highly anticipated Q-Tip solo joint. With that in mind and a mic in hand, Q-Tip comes correct on his debut album, AMPLIFIED.
With this album, the Abstract One makes it clear why his music has been so influential. The always-original Q-Tip is the type of rapper who makes his own trends. He also possesses nearly peerless skills as an MC and producer. The club-ready "Breathe and Stop" makes it hard for anyone to stay off the dance floor, and along with the album's other tracks, helps carry out a more mature hip-hop sound. Throughout AMPLIFIED, collaborations are kept to a minimum, allowing Q-Tip to show off his versatility. Two exceptions, however, are "End of Time," which features rock stars Korn, and "N.T.," a track on which Q-Tip shares the mic with longtime friend Busta Rhymes.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/20/00, p.57) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...stew-pot hip-hop - traditional blunts, broads and braggadocio filtered through Tip's abstract lens....represents laid-back hip-hop 2 minutes into the future....it's gonna make you dance like you're on a bed of hot coals."
Entertainment Weekly (12/3/99, p.102) - "...you'd be hard pressed to find more creativity on a rap album, from scrambling-for-a-dictionary lyrical flow and jazzbo guitars to Princely studio tricks....confirms that he can still kick it..." - Rating: A-
Q (1/01, p.93) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".
Q (2/00, p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...laid-back, jazzy, ambient hip-hop....[His] focused positivity, lightness of touch and deft improvisations are a welcome antidote to the heavy-handed self-aggrandising of many gangsta rappers..."
Alternative Press (3/00, pp.91-2) - 4 out of 5 - "...strkies an adroit balance between pop and experimental mixes....Every track is at once relentlessly slamming and melodically graceful..."
Muzik (2/00, p.68) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...a gold-standard hip hop album that makes a perfect match between [Q-Tip's] rap skills and The Ummah's super-sharp production....[It] shows Q-Tip on form and roaring into the future..."
CMJ (12/27/99, p.5) - "...Tip brings much-needed wit and intelligence to the art of getting jiggy with it....club-ready booty cuts...are balanced out by classes in the traditional Tip science you've come to know and love..."
NME (Magazine) (12/30/00, p.79) - Ranked #48 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year".
NME (Magazine) (1/15/00, p.29) - "Dope rhymes and, particularly, dope beats from the Tip here....his lyrics retain their former classic blend of the laid-back and the diamond sharp..."
Disc 1
1 Wait Up
2 Higher
3 Do It
4 Moving With U
5 Let's Ride
6 Things U Do
7 All In
8 Go Hard
9 Breathe And Stop
10 Vivrant Thing
11 N.T. - (featuring Busta Rhymes)
12 End Of Time - (featuring Korn)
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