Thursday, October 30, 2008
Hosted By: A Place For Hip Hop
When: Thursday Nov 06, 2008
at 11:00 PM
Where Trocadero Theatre (Upstairs)
1003 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|39 19107
A Place For Hip Hop
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Q-Tip sounds 18 again. Judging from early releases off his second official solo album, The Renaissance, the Queens MC sounds rejuvenated. [Editor's Note: 2002's Kamaal The Abstract was never released]
Having lead A Tribe Called Quest to five critically-acclaimed gold records in the 90s, Tip was expected to carry the group’s momentum into his solo career. Yet, his solo debut, 1999’s Amplified, though commercially successful, was heavily heckled by the underground gallery. Sure, the album was mostly co-produced by subterranean champion J Dilla, but Hype Williams’ cliche big booty treatment on videos for “Vivrant Thing” and “Breathe and Stop” were just too much for some Tribe loyalists to bear.
Tip spent the following years observing the industry’s tumultuous climate changes while attentively crafting his follow-up album. Finally, nine calendars after his last official release, the Abstract is back sounding quite vintage.