Iconic rapper Q-Tip has revealed more details of his much-delayed new album ‘Kamaal / The Abstract’.
With hip hop becoming increasingly bland, dominated by machismo and a lack of any real risk taking, it is time to welcome a true original back to the music scene.
Q-Tip emerged as part of A Tribe Called Quest. Laid back and jazz influenced at a time when gangsta rap was in its infancy, the group’s thoughtful approach to hip hop made them one of the most influential groups of their generation.
After a series of ground breaking releases A Tribe Called Quest split in 1998. Working on solo material, Q-Tip released his debut album ‘Amplified’ in 1999. Signed to Arista Records, the rapper followed this pop-driven affair with ‘Kamaal / The Abstract’.
Much more left-field than its predecessor, the album received rave reviews from critics and was allocated a catalogue number by the label. However after listening to the release, Arista shelved ‘Kamaal / The Abstract’ due to having a lack of commercial appeal.
Becoming a cult object in hip hop circles, the album is widely regarded as being one of Q-Tip’s definitive documents. After regaining control of his MySpace page from his label earlier this year, Q-Tip announced that he would begin negotiating the release of his old master tapes.
Q-Tip released his latest studio album ‘The Renaissance’ last year. A stunning return, it was the rapper’s first full length document since his troubles with Arista Records began back in 2002.
Now it seems that Q-Tip is finally set to release ‘Kamaal / The Abstract’. The rap icon produced the album himself, and the original artwork will be used. However in order to freshen up the tapes, the album has been remixed and remastered for the new release.
Keeping himself busy, Q-Tip is due to headline Central Park Summerstage in New York on July 18th. Performing alongside Chester French, Little Dragon and more, Q-Tip will be in the mood to celebrate.
Q-Tip will release the much delayed album on September 15th in the United States. ‘Kamaal the Abstract’ tracklisting is:
‘Do U Dig U?’
‘A Million Times’
‘Barely In Love’
‘Reverber For Factory’
‘Even If It’s So’