Published Jul 02, 2009For Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip, 2009 is turning out to be a pretty solid year. Not only is his excellent The Renaissance LP already out, but now it appears that his long-delayed Kamaal the Abstract album will drop this year as well. As fans may recall, the album was originally intended to come out way back in 2001, but was subsequently shelved.
As the press release puts it, Kamaal the Abstract is "even more apropos in 2009; given the dearth of musical merit and capable MCs in today's hip-hop, the time is ever-so-right for Tip... These songs sound more contemporary now than when they were first recorded."
Tip produced the entire record, and plays most of the instruments himself. "What comes from Kamaal is a daring mélange of soul, supa-cool jazz, head nodding hip-hop,and organic pop magic in the vein of Stevie Wonder or Prince," says the release.
Kamaal the Abstract will finally see release on September 15 via Battery Records. Here's the tracklisting:
2. "Do U Dig U?"
3. "A Million Times"
4. "Blue Girl"
5. "Barely In Love"
7. "Reverber For Factory"
9. "Even If It's So"