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Releases of the Week: Q-Tip & Madlib by zegoldst
November 11, 2008, 6:07 am
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Q-Tip – The Renaissance

Q-Tip, most noted for his work with A Tribe Called Quest, has branched out and created a sound both jazzy and electronic. He has managed to stick to his roots with his unique rhymes and ability to get into your ears. This album truly shows that he is the renaissance and can do everything from producing to rapping.

The production on this album is top notch. Q-Tip’s ability to incorporate an entire slew of instruments only makes his music seem rounder and more definite. The album starts with a synthesized guitar on “Johnny Is Dead”. Q-Tip flows over the guitar with ease and his rhymes act as a bass tone to the needed empty beginning. The beat breaks later into a more reggae soul track. It’s like A Tribe Called Quest on steroids.

Overall, this album has familiar hints of Tribe while Q-Tip is able to craft his own unique sound. Q-Tip also proves that he is a master producer and one of the best lyricists in the game.

Best Track: “Gettin’ Up”

Madlib – Beat Konducta, Vol. 5: Dil Cosby Suite

Madlib’s fifth Beat Konducta volume is a J Dilla remembrance album.  For those of you who don’t believe that beats can talk you haven’t heard Madlib. This 21 track album is reminiscent of Dilla and everything he stood for. The beats bang, the beats soothe; there really isn’t much that these beats don’t do.

Madlib and J Dilla were incredibly close and even created a group together – Jaylib. This album almost shows where they could have gone together had Dilla not passed away. Madlib is one of the greatest beat junkies and producers, making many beats for Stones Throw Records. The jazzy electronic beats float above everything else and it would almost be a sin to rap over these.

This album is a great way to remember Dilla and I’m sure he would smile while listening to these tracks. The beats are amazing and for anyone looking to get into beat making, take notes.

Best Track: “J’s Day Theme #3”

-Zach Goldstein

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