(Garrison Reid created this fine artwork.)
About a week ago, Gorilla vs. Bear tried
to help the hip-hop impaired (specifically, Skatterbrain
) with a “How Can You Not Like Hip-Hop?” mix. It’s a great idea and it got me thinking about ways I can continue to educate on hip-hop.Apropos of nothing, the first idea I thought of was a mix featuring Q-Tip
of A Tribe Called Quest, only my (and whole lots other peoples’) favorite hip-hop group. Back in the day, when I used to trade tapes and mixes on the Hieroglyphics Hoopla message board
, one fine gal dubbed me a “Q-Tip Appreciation” mix. I see it as my karmic duty to pass on some of the goods.Now, Q-Tip never will be grouped among the greatest of emcees, but his raspy flow is comfort food for those of us brought up on Low End Theory
and Midnight Marauders
. (I even found it in my heart to forgive him that ridiculous album cover
on his solo debut Amplified
. Fur coat? Really?)
In his prime, Tip was all over the place, guesting as a producer and emcee for others; he’s made a bit of a comeback with Tribe’s reunion and a spot on DJ Shadow’s new album (included below). That’s what I’ve tried to compile here â€“ some of his finest cameos.
Twelve tracks. Side A is today. Side B comes tomorrow. This isn’t meant to be all-inclusive, though I think you’ll dig a few of the gems in there (esp. a couple B-sides coming tomorrow).
Essential Q-Tip Mix, Side A:
1. Deee-Lite (feat. Q-Tip) | Groove is in the Heart
2. Mos Def (feat. Q-Tip and Tash) | Body Rock
3. The Roots (feat. Q-Tip) | Ital (The Universal Side)
4. Chemical Brothers (feat. Q-Tip) | Galvanize
5. DJ Shadow (feat. Q-Tip and Lateef) | Enuff
6. Busta Rhymes (feat. Q-Tip) | Ill Vibe
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