July 2, 2009

The Hard Sell: Q-Tip - The Renaissance (November 4, 2008)

I really wasn't kidding in my Gut Reaction post. I'm atoning for my sin of not supporting Q-Tip by telling everyone that they need to pick The Renaissance up ASAP. And with the recent news that the man's long-awaited "true" sophomore album, Kamaal The Abstract, will be seeing an official release this September, there's no better time to start wondering what it will take to get A Tribe Called Quest together again.

The following sampler may or may not help sway your decision, but try to enjoy these videos anyway.

Q-Tip - "Gettin' Up"

Q-Tip - "ManWomanBoogie" (feat. Amanda Diva)

Q-Tip - "Move"

Q-Tip - "Renaissance Rap"

BONUS TRACKS:Q-Tip - "Renaissance Rap (Remix)" (feat. Busta Rhymes, Raekwon, & Lil' Wayne) (link takes you to an unofficial video)
Q-Tip - "We Fight/We Love (Remix)" (feat. Raphael Saadiq, Kanye West, & Consequence) (link takes you to an unofficial video)
I didn't do a real post about this particular remix, but it sounds decent enough, and it proves that A Tribe Called Quest has a much bigger influence on Kanye than anybody may have ever guessed, considering his more recent Autotuned output.
Q-Tip - "Life Is Better" (feat. Norah Jones) (not a real video, but this album cut from The Renaissance deserves to be heard)

Q-Tip - "Let's Ride" (from Amplified)

And here's the link to the original post. Real content coming soon.



  1. I feel pissed that I wasted money on THE RENAISSANCE, its meh in my eyes but i'll take another listen. Its been ages.

  2. AnonymousJuly 02, 2009

    oh boy i've always wanted to see q-tip's humpty hump impression

  3. I'm glad you're insisting on this future classic, The Renaissance is the album I've listened the most to since November and it still sounds that great. And I'm going to see Q-Tip live in 5 days !
    As this is my first comment I wanted to thank you for all the great reviews, it's a real pleasure to read them as a hip-hop fan.

  4. AnonymousJuly 04, 2009

    Classic sounding album, I hope this gets put up there when critics come to look back on albums from this period


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