Saturday, September 5, 2009

Kamaal The Abstract

September is sizing up to be an excellent month for hip-hop releases with new albums coming out from Jay-Z and Blueprint 3 (this album has grown on me some) to Raekwon and the long awaited Only Built For Cuban Linx 2 (whoa) and numerous others including Brother Ali's amazing album Us. This post is about something else though....

After A Tribe Called Quest broke up in 1999 Q-Tip released a solo album called Amplified which at the time I must admit I was unhappy it sounded so mainstream, being quite the underground rap nerd then, but was won over by Dilla's fresh production. Q-Tip then prepared to release what he describes as the hip-hop version of Miles Davis's Bitches Brew, as in a hip-hop fusion album. Well a long story short the album was shelved by Arista Records 9 years ago because they didn't think it would sell, so it was never going to be released until now. Q-Tip's Kamaal The Abstract is being properly released on September 15th. Here's one of the singles "Damn You're Cool"

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