Amplified (Explicit Version) CD (1999)

Artist: Q-Tip

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Product Overview


Label Bmg/arista
SKU 60368282
UPC 078221461924
UPC 14 00078221461924
Format CD
Release Date 11/30/1999
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
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's gonna make you dance like you're on a bed of hot coals."
Entertainment Weekly (12/3/99, p.102) - "'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 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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