Q-Tip
The Renaissance


4.0
excellent

Review

by Maximilian Harkness USER (65 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2008 | 42 replies | 10,125 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Renaissance is a nice back-to-the basics return for Q-Tip.

9 of 10 thought this review was well written

Hype can be most comparable to investing in stocks really, think about, you look into bands and find out which can be successful, and then you buy into the hype and see if your investment blossoms. You really have to do your homework, and even then unforsaken events might happen and might change your investment so you’ll have to pull out right away *cough* Guns N’ Roses *cough*. This situation looked like what was going to happen to Q-Tip’s Kamaal The Abstract, but in an entirely different manner than the band I already mentioned. After the somewhat mainstream oriented Amplified, Q-Tip wanted a record that showed his true musical abilities, not just catchy hooks and jumpy beats. His label, however, wouldn’t allow for such nonsense to happen, so they kept pushed Kamaal back until they shelved the effort. Then Q-Tip would stay with the label and try again, and again, to make an album that satisfied both him and them. That never worked out, and eventually after six years of blood, sweat, and tears, The Renaissance was finally released off of Universal Motown records. During that time, fans have been pulling out, as it seemed that he was just taking way too long to make the effort. But for those loyal fans that waited, is this album worth the wait we had? Absolutely, The Renaissance is an excellent album, and possibly hip hop album of the year.

The Renaissance shows Q-Tip musically free and happy, something we didn’t see since his days with A Tribe Called Quest. The album starts out nicely with “Johnny Is Dead”, a grooving light hearted introduction to what the rest of the album has to offer: calm and jazzy hip hop. That’s really all this album, it tries to take you back to the good times when hip hop was more focused on making interesting music, and it sure does succeed. I’m sure everyone has heard “Getting Up” and came out a happy customer. What’s not to be happy about? “Getting Up” excellent piano-based groove created by the late J Dilla and it contains Q-Tip’s lyrics about his love for his girl. “WeFightWeLove” is still bassy and grooving, but it’s synthier and a bit poppier than most of the rest of the album, while “Dance on Glass” spends a minute without a beat, and then goes right into this sort of spacey sound guitar-effect riff that fits the song perfectly. “Life Is Better” features the soothing vocals of Norah Jones, and Q-Tip’s lyrics salute the MCs of hip hop from all generations (even Lil Wayne).

“Sent you a message, sent you an email
Hasty decisions we may still prevail
Both needed breaks, we both needed to bail”
From “Getting Up”

This brings me to the only problem of the album, Q-Tip’s flow. His rapping is still top notch, bringing up easy to understand subjects in a manageable and enjoyable fashion; he is still an excellent MC. But the big problem with the album is that Q-Tip’s flow sounds mechanical. It’s like he just rapped and then he made beats that just hit line for line, and word for word. This is a particular problem with “Getting Up”, where his flow seems to just consist of the same two lines pronounced in the same way, with the last word of the second line getting repeated once again. It’s not something that gets in the way of enjoying the album that much, but it can be a little bit of a nuisance.

… And all of that is Q-Tip’s new album The Renaissance. It isn’t too different than anything from A Tribe Called Quest, but it is much different than his debut album, and ultimately what some may have expected from Q-Tip. Still, The Renaissance is an excellent effort, only hindered by Q-Tip’s aging flow and some similar concepts. If you are a hip hop fan of any kind, not getting The Renaissance would be like not getting the next Jay-Z record, it would be a travesty to have missing from your collection.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
marksellsuswallets
November 3rd 2008



4848 Comments


What the heck man did you just do this in the past half hour?

bastard
November 3rd 2008



3435 Comments


yeah...

marksellsuswallets
November 3rd 2008



4848 Comments


Is there a stream somewheres?

bastard
November 3rd 2008



3435 Comments


It's on napster...

handoman
November 3rd 2008



2386 Comments


He's a brawny quicker picker upper.

But thats the wrong company.

bustyagunz
November 3rd 2008



911 Comments


ugh i hate rapping with mechanical flow
but i'll prolly check this outThis Message Edited On 11.03.08

bastard
November 3rd 2008



3435 Comments


You should, it's really good other than that.

Any comments on the review itself.This Message Edited On 11.03.08

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2008



17204 Comments


I need this.

bastard
November 3rd 2008



3435 Comments


You do.

handoman
November 3rd 2008



2386 Comments


My wigger friends were talking about this today. I'll probably get it eventually.This Message Edited On 11.03.08

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2008



20856 Comments


Pretty good review Maxy Boy... Although I preferred your theme of going back to basics as compared to the premise of the opening paragraph. This is because good music is good music, no matter if you were with the band form the start or you are a bandwagon jumper.

bastard
November 3rd 2008



3435 Comments


Well, I didn't want to rant too much about Amplified, it's still a good album, just a little commercialized for him.

and woah, my review is featured, cool.This Message Edited On 11.04.08

AggravatedYeti
November 4th 2008



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool I'm gonna check this out.

bastard
November 4th 2008



3435 Comments


Awesome.


More people need to listen to this so we can get a discussion going.

bustyagunz
November 4th 2008



911 Comments


congratz on the feature, haven't checked this out yet though.

JoshuaHomme
November 4th 2008



18 Comments


check it out now.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2008



17204 Comments


damn troll neggers. Finally got this its pretty good.

bastard
November 4th 2008



3435 Comments


thanks for the support.

Wyko
November 6th 2008



150 Comments


Meh, I enjoy this album, but Q-Tip gets kinda boring without Phife Dawg around.

brandtweathers
November 6th 2008



2007 Comments


damn troll neggers
could have been due to
*cough* Guns N’ Roses *cough*.

any review will be shot in the dick when they bash upstairs



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