Q-Tip’s Long-Delayed Kamaal LP to Hit

 

Originally
intended to come out back in 2001.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Q-Tip, of A Tribe Called Quest fame, has his
long-delayed album Kamaal the Abstract,
slated originally for release in 2001, finally arriving September 15th on Battery Records. A musical hybrid, Kamaal was commendably avant-garde at the time of its creation. According to the
label, “it’s 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.”

 

Kamaal
the Abstract
is “an
intensely idiosyncratic and revealing record” with Q-Tip producing he entire
album himself and playing several instruments. “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.”

 

Among the players: saxophonist Kenny Garrett,
a one-time member of Miles Davis’ ensemble, on the breathy “Abstractionisms,”
and flautist Gary Thomas, another Davis
sideman, on “Do U Dig U.”

 

Kamaal the Abstract still boasts all the earmarks of Q-Tip’s
inimitable mic control. Listen to him blaze through a spiced narrative on “Even
If It Is So.” Or paint vivid images on “Blue Girl.” The album has been re-mixed
and re-mastered for sonic impact, though it retains the original album
artwork.  Neil
Levine SVP/GM of Battery Records is proud to release this buried treasure from
Q-Tip:  “Kamaal the Abstract/Q-Tip
is a true visionary and ahead of his time. These songs sound more contemporary
now than when they were first recorded.”

 

Track Listing:

 

1. Feelin’

2.
Do U Dig U?

3. A
Million Times

4. Blue
Girl

5. Barely
In Love

6. Heels

7. Reverber
For Factory

8. Caring

9. Even If
It’s So

 

 

 

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