The Renaissance is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Q-Tip, released November 4, 2008, on Universal Motown Records. The follow-up to his solo debut album, Amplified (1999), it was recorded after Q-Tip's Kamaal the Abstract (2009) was initially shelved in 2002 by his former label Arista Records and his proposed effort Open was shelved by Universal Motown, both deemed commercially inadequate by the labels.
Q-Tip – The Renaissance. Label: Universal Motown – B0012213-02. Country: US. Released: 06 Nov 2008. This is one of those albums that you don't have to skip no songs. Its very well put together and a creation of musical art. This deserved to be album of that year but you know how watered down corporations has made real hip hop, sad for this masterpiece. Reply Notify me Helpful. One of the, if not the best Hip Hop albums of all time! I dare to even compare it to All Eyez on Me, which is really hard for me to do.
And so it's after that ridiculously long and convoluted voyage that I'm happy to declare The Renaissance- a mostly new, tight refining of everything Q-Tip's done in his attempts to break his solo sophomore jinx- the album people were spending the last nine years hoping he'd make
The follow-up to his solo debut album, Amplified (1999), it was recorded after Q-Tip's Kamaal/The Abstract (2009) was initially shelved in 2002 by his former label Arista Records and his proposed effort Open was shelved by Universal Motown, both deemed commercially inadequate by the labels
When Q-Tip released his second solo album, The Renaissance, back in November 2008, the world was a very different place. Released the same day Barack Obama was elected . Reminiscing on this climate, Q-Tip tells NME: it became less about the music so I felt like a renaissance was needed, not just for hip hop, but across all mediums of art. This was a role Q-Tip took very seriously: It’s up to me to bring back the whole good feeling in the music! he pledges on album opener Johnny Is Dead – a song that shows a gritty determination to go against the aggressive, sales-dominated, tribalism of his peers.
The Renaissance shows Q-Tip musically free and happy, something we didn’t see since his days with A Tribe Called Quest. The album starts out nicely with Johnny Is Dead, a grooving light hearted introduction to what the rest of the album has to offer: calm and jazzy hip hop. That’s really all this album, it tries to take you back to the good times when hip hop was more focused on making interesting music, and it sure does succeed. I’m sure everyone has heard Getting Up and came out a happy customer. What’s not to be happy about" Getting Up excellent piano-based groove created by the.
Live at the Renaissance. Live at the Renaissance Tracklist. 1. Johnny Died Lyrics.
THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM FROM Q-TIP THE RENAISSANCE The Renaissance is the latest effort from critically acclaimed rapper Q-Tip, leader of A Tribe Called Quest. The album mixes soul beats, piano, guitars, and Q-Tip’s usual thought provoking lyricism, which takes you on a trip from relationships and summer songs to social issues of late, and has a kind of ’90s feel to it. Album features: Raphael Saadiq, Norah Jones, D’Angelo and Amanda Diva. Q-Tip returned in 2008 with "The Renaissance", his first album in nine years. This album had been in the making since 2005, under it's original titles "Open" and "Live At The Renaissance". Two songs were released in that time, "Work It Out" and "The Fever"- neither of which made it on the album, but the official first single "Gettin' Up" did.
Gettin' Up. Official. You. We Fight/We Love (featuring Raphael Saadiq). Manwomanboogie (featuring Amanda Diva). Life Is Better (featuring Norah Jones). Believe (featuring D'Angelo). MusicBrainz: The Renaissance.