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Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - East Coast / Artist: Q-Tip / Audio CD released 2008-11-03 at Universal / Island

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      19.07.2009 19:55
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      Quite inventive but a bit too slow for me

      My hip hop knowledge tends to be in the darker realms - revolving around crude lyricists like Necro, Non Phixion and Eminem, so I listened to "The Renaissance" - the latest Q-Tip album with little to no knowledge of the artist's previous work.

      I found his squeaky voice a little irritating at times, some of the lyrics impressed me, notably on the track "ManWomanBoogie" which covers the history of the black man in the US and how dancing helps you to get through bad times, not only this but how the commuters on the train (at least on the video!) are working to make another man rich.

      I find the beats a bit slow for my liking but I suppose that others could easily label them as well-paced, depending on your character you may enjoy a bit of time to digest the music or relax to it but personally I found some tracks weren't concise enough and began to lose interest. I couldn't imagine dancing to too many of the tracks on this album.

      The songwriting was pretty decent though and quite an improvement on a lot of the artists mainstream hip hop counterparts. It's an album that warms on you but I can't really get over Q-tips nasaly vocals, they do my head in a little bit.

      Definitely a bit of an armchair record, which I feel is mostly down to it's soft jazzy nature.

      1 Johnny Is Dead
      2 Won't Trade
      3 Gettin Up
      4 Official
      5 You
      6 WeFight/WeLove - Q-Tip, Raphael Saadiq
      7 ManWomanBoogie - Q-Tip, Amanda Diva
      8 Move
      9 Dance On Glass
      10 Life Is Better - Q-Tip, Norah Jones
      11 Believe - Q-Tip, D'Angelo
      12 Shaka
      13 Feva

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        15.07.2009 21:24
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        The best most natural sounding Hip-Hop album in years

        The light at the end of the tunnel for Hip-Hop?

        I won't give you the usual wait till the end of the review to surprise you with the answer to the above question. YES this album is the first indication that the dire state of Hip-Hop music is beginning to improve.

        The reason why I come out and say this is because, I myself actually slept on this album from its release in November 2008 for approx 5 months.
        Little did I know that this album is the best Hip-Hop album in the past 3 years, no competition. I suggest you click the 'buy it here' button above...NOW.

        2006 was the year when the Hip-Hop artist who 'kept it real' disappeared; any anticipated albums were major letdowns through then till now.
        Some of the rappers everyone could rely on to bring some good music such as Nas and Talib Kweli were trying amongst the Soulja Boy and Jay-Z lameness, but their attempts just sounded forced taxing on the brain.

        One day I decide to check out ''that Q-Tip album that came out a couple months back''. I saw it was 12 tracks long, which was a great move as this puts this album into 'MODERN CLASSIC' status. Yes I said it, the same formula used by Common with 2005s 'Be'. Short album with the best tracks and least filler.

        The album starts off right with a 'build up' track wit Q-Tip rhyming nicely as usual with a very acceptable sung chorus over the perfect blend of guitar. The track is what I can just describe as good music.

        'Gettin up' the first single off the album is a fun and breezy track with tight rhymes and beat. This formula carries on through 'Official' with signs of Tip enjoying making this album thoroughly. Then it reaches 'You' , which just adds the perfect amount of seriousness to the love subject with Q-Tip's amazing gravely voice which gives you a few minutes to prepare for the rest of the album.

        And you need to as the next track which has managed to mix the natural fun of making music from the earlier tracks with some really deep rhymes from Q.
        "He's in a place that's far away ,
        Where he can't understand what they say
        They say salaam, they carry bombs
        In crowded places, and cause alarm"

        This teamed up with Raphael Saadiq singing the hook makes this one of the focal tracks on the album.

        The fun track theme continues now through to 'Life Is Better' with some nice tracks to bump on the stereo. Q-Tip riding an addictive break beat on 'Manwomanboogie'

        The biggest guest feature comes on 'Life Is Better' featuring Norah Jones. A nice simple hook with some affect flow orientated rhymes.
        The next big guest feature being D'Angelo on 'Believe' which isn't D's best performance, but it just shows Q-Tip's influence to bring D'Angelo out of his hiatus and dark times. It's a glimpse of what is to come and reminder of D'Angelo before his return.

        The album wraps up with a track with a beat reminiscent of 1993's 'Midnight Marauders' album brought by Q-Tip when part of A Tribe Called Quest. This track is a perfect outro, but also sounds like an intro to the rebirth of Hip-Hop.......

        The whole album sounds REALLY natural, no forced track ideas, hooks or trying to copy any trends to appeal to new audiences. Q-Tip has brought Hip-Hop back to life, but will anyone nurture it?

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        27.01.2009 12:59
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        5/5

        The Renaissance is Q-Tips second solo album to be released and also produced the whole album with a couple by him and the legendary J Dilla, it brings back original hip-hop which is why its getting rave reviews from music websites, media and the public but fails to be put out on the radio (in the UK).

        Each track reviewed :

        1. Johnny Is Dead. The best intro song ive ever heard the sampling is perfect the beat is amazing, it reminds me of A Tribe Called Quest i really wish hip-hop was like this today.

        2. Wont Trade. Another great sampled beat Q-tips flow is brilliant a simple loop beat with little bits thrown in, amazing

        3. Gettin Up. The first released single, a melow hip-hop beat with a simple piano loop and short guitar bass, a good song but other songs would have been better for a single.

        4. Official. Another loop beat with Q-Tip showing his ability on all fronts.

        5. You. One of the slow songs with Tip describing his woman, a quiet beat with a deep bass....very nice

        6. We Fight/We Love. Reminds me of 1980's music with the synthesizer used featuring Raphael Saadiq who has a nice melow usher style voice who sings a great chorus.

        7. Manwomanboogie. One of the fastest beats on the album, great for getting up to but Tip keeps his flow slow, it works well with the beat and the chorus is provided by Amanda Diva who sounds a bit like Lauryn Hill.

        8. Move. The longest track on the album at just under 6 minutes, sounds like it should be a movie soundtrack and i wouldnt be surprised if that ever happened.

        9. Dance On Glass. My Favourite song on the album by far Q-Tip rhymes acapella for a whole minute and makes you wonder if the whole 3 minutes of the song is him just doing that, but a great beat kicks in and Tip continues to keep rapping which shows his true class.

        10. Life Is Better. Hmm if i had to choose this would be the worst track it features Norah Jones, the beat is good yes but lyrically it doesnt work for me with Norahs slow and dragging voice and Q-Tip has a robotic voice going on very different.

        11. Believe. Featuring D'Angelo who puts a great soulful backing on the chorus, yet another great beat with Tip continuing to rap constantly throughout.

        12. Shaka. The beat is more excelled in this than Tips voice as his volume is turned down a tiny bit more than the beat and shows a few signs of new age hip-hop coming through. for most countrys this will be the outro song and a nice one at that.

        13. Feva [Bonus Track]. Yet another feature for J Dilla who produced this track and is my second favourite track it has a kinda scary ghost house beat going to it, its hard to explain you have to listen to understand.

        My Final Thought -

        Finally releasing this album 9 years before his first album Amplified this is by far 10x better and what hip-hop should be sounding like today, the beats are constant and so is Tip and hopefully this wont be the end as Tips prodcuing ability has really impressed me, although a couple of extra songs would of been nice this doesnt take anything away from what is a great hip-hop album with no Lil Wayne in sight :D.

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          06.11.2008 17:51
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          Q-Tip's third solo album

          "The Renaissance" is the 2008 released from Q-Tip. This album is his third since staring his career as part of the Jazz Hip Hop crew, A Tribe Called Quest, who have influenced acts such as Lupe Fiasco today.

          1. "Johnny Is Dead"

          For an introductory piece, this is a strong start as it gets you straight into some typical Q-Tip, smooth, jazzy Hip Hop. It is all good stuff and gets you into the right mood for what will follow on from it as his third release without Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White.

          **Four Stars**

          2. "Won't Trade"

          The high standard of the early stages of the album isn't dropped on this one as you get another strong piece with Q goign on some nice beats whcih have a soft sound, but with a stern beat to keep it in line with expectatctions of an East Coast Hip hop cut.

          **Four Stars**

          3. "Gettin' Up"

          This was the first track from the album, and had been floating around for a few months prior to the release of the album. It is a mellow one which seems to capture the spirit of the album, which could be described as quite reserved, with potential for something big, and well-hyped.

          **Five Stars**

          4. "Official"

          For me, this one was the weakest of the twelve tracks on this album, and this is all down to the fact that it is low on energy with its stop-and-go production and very little going on in the way of well-crafted lyricism. It is rather unmemorable with so many other tunes which stand out within it. I thought that it was quite bad for him to go for a filler with such a short overall album.

          **Three Stars**

          5. "You"

          I felth that this one was another good one from Q-Tip as he gets into even more nice and smooth raps on top of production which is lead by some heavy bass, which comands throughout as he gets selfless in his rhymes.

          **Four Stars**

          6. "We Love/We Fight"

          Q-Tip tells us how life, especially in America is so strongly divided as it has him refer to the love and hate which we see in everything what we do, and how this balance is what keeps us going in life. I found it a nice one to fit in with the rest of the album, but it doesn't really stand out.

          **Four Stars**

          7. "Manwomanboogie"

          Here is a funky one from Q and has him flowing on some of his own beats. I found that he was highly inventive as he stuck in the story of America within the exciting beats by talking about how it started with Reds, before White came and brought in Blacks, who kept grooving despite the hardship which they faced, and we are todl to dance once more for this one.

          **Five Stars**

          8. "Move"

          This is the only track on the whole of the record which doesn't feature the production of the main artists, Q-Tip as you also get this one composed by the recently-deceased J Dilla, and on top of some Jay Dee beats, you know that there is no chance that you are going to be disappointed in any way. The high tempo is maintained with this one, and it suits the fact that people aren't dwelling on his death.

          **Four Stars**

          9. "Dance On Glass"

          I was really into this one, and I believe that it is one of the best ones on the whole of the album, due to the fact that it begins with a massive a capella, which lasts for a whole minute before the beat drops and he gets into some of his own hard beats to get you bopping along. The tension which is build up form this long non-instrumental one is amazing, and it makes you believe that he's going to do a full a cappela one.

          **Five Stars**

          10. "Life Is Better"

          Unexpectedly, you have Q-Tip collaborate with the American singer-songwriter, Norah Jones, who aids Tip as he lists the performers who have made life better as they have been heavy influences on how life as a whole has improved, with the constant presence of Hip Hop being involved with everything we do.

          **Four Stars**

          11. "Believe"

          This is a big tune on the album and up there with the best on it, it has Tip perform with the Neo-Soul musician, D'Angelo. The words "That's Love" are provided by the "Brown Sugar" singer as part of the hook, and it has him and Q talk about what gestures of love can be seen in everyday life without being noted.

          **Four Stars**

          12. "Shaka"

          For the final track on the album, this one isn't that bad as the energy levels aren't decreased to any degree at all. Q-Tip still does the production and so he has complete control over the thing and is able to talk about whatever is on his mind as a final thought before bringing this album to a complete close.

          **Four Stars**

          I was impressed by the fact Q-Tip took complete control over this album by only have one tune co-produced, and having one other done by an outsider. The fact that his colabs are only with R&B musicians and not MCs is another plus as it prevents the focus being taken off him. However this may be a part of why it is lacking in places as there is a lack in variation with the beats not changing too much, apart from when you get into some Jazzy pieces, but this meant that it was rather consistent and remained at a high standard.

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Johnny Is Dead
          2 Won't Trade
          3 Gettin Up
          4 Official
          5 You
          6 WeFight/WeLove - Q-Tip, Raphael Saadiq
          7 ManWomanBoogie - Q-Tip, Amanda Diva
          8 Move
          9 Dance On Glass
          10 Life Is Better - Q-Tip, Norah Jones
          11 Believe - Q-Tip, D'Angelo
          12 Shaka
          13 Feva