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The Underrated: Q-Tip- The Renaissance

By @TrueGodImmortal 



Tracklist 
1. Johnny Is Dead
2. Won't Trade
3. Gettin' Up
4. Official
5. You 
6. WeFight/WeLove
7. ManWomanBoogie
8. Move
9. Dance On Glass
10. Life Is Better
11. Believe
12. Shaka

In 2008, a lot of albums were released that didn't truly grab my attention, but my personal pick for hip hop album of the year was this one. Q-Tip put together a definite dope album here, one I consider a classic, but don't hear it mentioned enough.




The album starter "Johnny Is Dead" kicks us off on an almost nostalgic tip, as the beat recalls classic Tribe and Tip spits solid verses throughout. The vibes on "Won't Trade" and "Gettin Up" are both bouncy and melodic, and while Tip floats over each track, the strong suit here in the production. Everything flows together, but the production on this entire album is top notch.




"Official" instantly recalls a classic Tribe feel, and the added scratches to the track takes you back to the golden age days of hip hop. My favorite song here is "WeFight/WeLove" as Raphael Saadiq and Tip create a smooth, melodic track dedicated to the back and forth of relationships. The funky grooves of "ManWomanBoogie" resonate and lead into the Jackson 5 sampled "Move", which sounds extremely triumphant through the speakers.




The album hit its apex once we arrive at "Dance On Glass", my 2nd favorite track here, as Tip spits some of his best over the dopest beat on this album. Norah Jones makes an appearance on the melodic "Life Is Better" and the two create a great track. When the album was released, it was a rarity to hear D'Angelo at all, but he shows up on the glorious "I Believe" with an infectious hook. The final track here "Shaka" is a great way to end the album, and is definitely reminiscent of classic Tribe, which is heard throughout the album.

Tip put out a great album with this one, and I would love to hear it talked about more. Perhaps this can start the convo again.

-True

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