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The Renaissance

3 Nov 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 3 Nov 2008
  • Release Date: 3 Nov 2008
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 46:59
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  • ASIN: B001KWBEKM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,210 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D101 on 9 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
Now I haven't written a review on here in a long time but I really felt like people need to know how good this album really is. Two shelved albums & almost a decade after the release of "Amplified", Q-Tip is back with "The Renaissance". Amplified was an unusual album. Pure Hip-Hop songs such as "Let's Ride" were mixed in with more commercial sounding tunes such as "Breathe & Stop", which were clearly aimed at attracting a broader audience. The results were mixed. Whilst his first solo LP boasts some excellent individual tracks, the album itself feels forced & does not work. This is not a problem, however, on Tip's latest effort. Here you really get the sense that he was free to pursue whatever musical direction he wanted & the result is one of the finest Hip-Hop albums in years.

The album is almost entirely produced by Q-Tip himself. The exceptions are "Won't Trade", which is produced by Mark Ronson, & "Move", produced by the late, great J Dilla (Dilla also produced the UK bonus track "Feva"). It is worth noting that 4 of the 13 tracks - "Johnny Is Dead", "Official", "I Believe" & "Feva" - are re-workings from one of Tip's earlier shelved albums. All four tracks can be heard in there original form on his "Abstract Innovations" mixtape.

The Renaissance has an old school Hip-Hop, dare I say Tribe-esque feel to it. Best songs on the album are the first single "Gettin' Up", "Won't Trade", "Official" & the excellent "Move". But honestly the whole album is good - there are no weak tracks.

Overall, The Renaissance is a true Hip-Hop album for Hip-Hop fans. It highlights just how talented Q-Tip is, not only as an MC but also as a producer. Unfortunately it also serves as a reminder as to just how disappointing it is that this is only his second album (which was released) in almost 10 years. Support Q-Tip, support Hip-Hop & buy "The Renaissance" - you won't be disappointed! Let's hope there is a new Tribe album to come...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catfish on 22 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Q-Tip is a really cool guy. While most hip-hop at the moment seems to be about waving your success in people's faces and the animosity between the various cliched thugs on MTV, still talking about their guns and money like we're perpetually trapped in the 1990s, Q-Tip delivers something truly special.

Hip-Hop is not DEAD, as Nas suggested with his rather mediocre album in the last few years, but alive and well and just as exciting as it always has been. Q-Tip is not bitter, tired, out of ideas or under any pressure to conform to the mainstream view of 'what hip-hop is' and his attitude is what does it.

Mainstream artists today are trying DESPERATELY to 'be hip-hop' and Q-Tip does it effortlessly, unconciously and excellently. He doesn't wear the uniform, promote violence or sexism and he's ahead of the curve by miles. What does that tell you?

Hip-Hop was never dead...just cliched gangster rap. Big wup.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By O. Abimbola on 9 Jan 2009
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The Abstract Poet is back for sure! My brother got me this for xmas and I have almost worn the CD out. Excellent, old school hip hop, heavily reminiscent of a Tribe called Quest in the early 90s. Q-tip is a master lyricist/MC/producer without a doubt and this, in my opinion, is his best solo effort. Each track glides effortlessly into the next - my faves are "We fight/we love", "Johnny is dead", "Believe" and "Dance on glass", the latter of which opens with about 60 seconds of 'Tip rapping without any beat or music to speak of then the beat breaks in suddenly and unexpectedly with classic "Tribesque" jazzy sampling/undertones - outstanding! Buy it, buy it, buy it - you will not regret it :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Rhodes on 13 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
He's only gone and done it! This album is not just worth the wait, its worthy of all the praise that is getting lavished on it from reviewers all over the globe. This is a real masterclass that demonstrates to all the would-be rappers out there that even though the world and its dog are bored stiff of the gerne, with artists that don't just cater to the marketing exec's by knocking out music by numbers (you all know who I'm talking about) great hip-hop albums can still be produced.

What we have here is a mature yet fresh hip-hop/nu-soul fusion that works on so many levels its frightening! Some of the tracks are so tasty its hard to describe.

From 'Getting Up' and 'Official' to 'You' and 'Life Is Better' the residing unescapable word that comes to mind is "Class"! In a funny sort of way this is more of a follow-up to Foreign Exchange's seminal 'Connected' than even their 2008 release 'Leave It All Behind'... praise indeed!

I'm positive this album will last ages... but lets just hope we won't have to wait so long for the next installment.
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By B. Moseley on 26 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's very rare for me to write about anybody, but this album has touched me. I thought that I'd pop him in while I wrote this too so i hope you're feeling the vibe!! I bought this album on the strength of Getting Up and I am sooooo happy I did. I grew up with a tribe called quest, leaders of the new school, KrS1 and the list goes on and these people to me are true Hip Hop, all the other stuff on MTV is garbage and main stream. I love Q Tip, like his style, voice and just found that this album made me go back to the early nineties when we had just left school and had the world at our feet!!
Tracks I love Official, You, Manwomanboogie (I shame myself on the train!), We Fight and Dance On Glass. Heck I like them all, but these are the ones that go around and around on the pod....anyway i'm off to put on my big gold Salt n Pepper ear rings, dig out my Travel Fox trainers and put on my mini skirt wiv me leggings and top it off wiv me shell suit top......BUY IT, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!
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