Q-Tip releases Kamaal the Abstract Sept 15th

Q-Tip’s Long-Awaited Album Kamaal the Abstract Out September 15th via Battery Records. Re-mixed Re-mastered Album Includes Bonus Tracks. 
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In these hard times, we can all stand a ray of hope. Hope in hip-hop now comes from the legendary, Grammy award winner Q-Tip. His long-delayed album Kamaal the Abstract, slated originally for release in 2001, is finally dropping September 15th on Battery Records. The album has been re-mixed and re-mastered for sonic impact with a new track added, “Make It Work.” Preorders on iTunes will include the bonus track “Damn You’re Cool.” This song is also available on the vinyl version.A musical hybrid, Kamaal was commendably avant-garde at the time of its creation. Amazingly, 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. To that end, Q-Tip produced the entire album himself, even 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. Check for the superlative figures of saxophonist Kenny Garrett, a one-time member of Miles Davis' ensemble, on the breathy "Abstractionisms." Or the fluid flute lines of Gary Thomas, another Davis sideman, on "Do U Dig U." Elsewhere, note Tip's ambitious production, arrangements, and even sung stylings. But make no mistake: 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."