J. Period feat. De La Soul: Excursions (remix)

Trugoy and Q-Tip at the VH-1 Hip-Hop Honors show in October.

This would be a perfect post for Sundays with A Tribe Called Quest, except, well, it’s Tuesday, and I can’t wait until Sunday.

In November, I posted Q-Tip for President, a collaboration between Q-Tip and producer J. Period, who also hinted at a tribute mix in honor of the Abstract Poetic.

Well, the time is almost here. From J. Period’s site:

The mixtape, which has now turned into a 2CD collection, will be released in installments, starting with J.Period’s exclusive new track with De La Soul (a tribute to Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest) on this Tuesday Feb 3…. followed by the release of The “Best of Q-Tip” Vol. 1 on Tuesday, Feb 10. J.Period has also just announced that he will be releasing an exclusive Limited Edition line of “Best of Q-Tip” T-Shirts, designed by Fuse Green… as well as a Limited Edition Series 2 Flash Drive, available with extended bonus material, out-takes, interviews and more!!!

Yes, Q-Tip has turned into a cottage industry.

On this remix, Posdnuos and Trugoy update the opener from The Low End Theory with new verses over the same enticing bassline.

It’s probably sacrilege to even consider revamping a classic like Excursions, but you have to trust it in the hands of De La Soul. Who better to pay respects to it? Gotta admit, though: It’s disorienting to hear new words over that famous intro. “Back in the day when I was a teenager / when we signed to Tommy Boy instead of the major.”

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