Kaamal The Abstract to See Official Release

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Q-Tip’s unreleased, yet widely disseminated 2001 solo project, Kaamal The Abstract, will finally see an official retail release through Battery Records on September 15th. Hit the jump for the full press release.

Battery Records to release long-awaited Q-Tip album Kamaal the Abstract

Innovative recording cements Tip’s rep as greatest MC/producer of all time

New York, NY- In these hard times, we can all stand a ray of hope. Hope in hip-hop now comes from the legendary Q-Tip, he of A Tribe Called Quest fame. His long-delayed album Kamaal the Abstract, slated originally for release in 2001, is finally dropping September 15th on Battery Records. 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, headnodding 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.” The album has been re-mixed and re-mastered for sonic impact, though it retains the original album artwork. Neil Levine SVP/GM of Battery Records is proud to release this buried treasure from Q-Tip: “Kamaal the Abstract/Q-Tip is a true visionary and ahead of his time. These songs sound more contemporary now than when they were first recorded”. Kamaal the Abstract drops September 15th. Better late than never.


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33 Responses to “Kaamal The Abstract to See Official Release”

  1. Big Homie Says:

    Lookin foward to this

  2. Bill Hu$tle Says:

    Pew Pew errrbody gon die…

  3. CiCi The Intern Says:

    What’s the point, really…

  4. D_block_4_life Says:

    The all grey patent leather Tk’s are hot scathing fire…

  5. SNORT_SNORTCRAZY88SINCE88 Says:

    PUSSYHole.

  6. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    i can’t because it’s haram otherwise i would have been sistine chapel’d up by now
    ^^^^^
    word you should have seen my pops face when I walked into the house with no shirt. He was like ARAM YOU CANT DO THAT TO YOURSELF. I was like ooooo Shit TOO LATE.

    *gets Tattoo from Mr.Cartoons Apprentice*

  7. The Shot Clock aka Guns is me Says:

    FTR:

    Bay Area>>>> America

    *f

    far as tats go…i got a couple. I wanna sleeve but i aint sure enough about my path to do that yet

  8. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    americanjeans.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=65_66

    ^^^^
    I got some regular Grey 501’s from here and they are fireeeee. I wear them with everything. Price is low low low(c)TPain

  9. D_block_4_life Says:

    Fux,

    I copped those same greys shit for 44 though…oww

  10. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    I copped those same greys shit for 44 though…oww

    ^^^^^
    the DYED GREY?? right?? with grey stitching and shit?? OW OW OW. Impeccable fucking jeans

  11. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    Pap looks like a chocolate etch-a-sketch…

    ^^

    LMAO!!

    i got 5 joints, and if i wasn’t financially dead, i’d be tatted up. . . . so imma get my money right, then go dumb.

    i got this bomb ass back tat idea. . . it’s gonna be lightning, storms n shit, and real cloudy. . . .then there’s gonna be god’s rays coming down thru the clouds. . . and it’s gonna say “Shine Down” across my shoulders.

    arudima.com

    i want him to do it. . . this guy is nasty w/ the needle [ll]

  12. Barbecue Tee Says:

    A video full of nothing but A-listers (at the time).
    Only Michael Jackson. RIP

  13. Big Homie Says:

    I did the paperwork on the crib yesterday. Wish me luck and that I’m approved and qualified. But that should go through since I’m Asian.

  14. Brooklyn Strong Says:

    Buddens is a media whore
    …sportingnews.com/blog/The_Baseline/entry/view/26042/social_media_biting_back_at_brandon_jennings

  15. eskay Says:

    Pyongyang > Detroit

  16. CiCi The Intern Says:

    Aww, D-Block is becoming a fashionista…

    You better work, bitch!

  17. D_block_4_life Says:

    the DYED GREY?? right?? with grey stitching and shit?? OW OW OW. Impeccable fucking jeans
    ^
    Word, i’m going to MIA this weekend, and i will definitely be sporting those very bad boys.

  18. Bill Hu$tle Says:

    The Shot Clock aka Guns is me Says:
    July 1st, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    FTR:

    Bay Area>>>> America

    ^^^

    THIS!!! hardly home but always reppin

  19. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    LF

    nytimes.com/2009/05/17/magazine/17orman-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

    old article w/ suze orman spitting that financial knowledge. damn i love her.

  20. D_block_4_life Says:

    You better work, bitch!
    ^
    Lmao

  21. Barbecue Tee Says:

    LF: I am the only one who thinks Jay is losing his luster?

    *hopes stannery doesn’t get in the way of honesty*

  22. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    I got this album a long time ago

  23. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    @ fux

    you saw gilt had the sevens on sale today?

  24. Barbecue Tee Says:

    eskay Says:

    July 1st, 2009 at 1:54 pm
    Pyongyang > Detroit

    ^^
    isn’t that the same as
    anywhere on earth > Detroit
    lol

  25. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    i’m going to MIA this weekend

    ^^^^^^^
    Nice. Did you holler at Greenie?

  26. CiCi The Intern Says:

    # Mr. Papagiorgio Says:
    July 1st, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    LF

    nytimes.com/2009/05/17/magazine/17orman-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

    old article w/ suze orman spitting that financial knowledge. damn i love her.
    ^^^

    Lesbians FTW!

  27. Bill Hu$tle Says:

    # Mr. Papagiorgio Says:
    July 1st, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    arudima.com
    i want him to do it. . . this guy is nasty w/ the needle [ll]

    ^^

    yo!!! his work is crazy! his prices must be OD

  28. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    July 1st, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    @ fux

    you saw gilt had the sevens on sale today?

    ^^^^^
    yup I copped the dark pair. I had 50dollars in credits

  29. Barbecue Tee Says:

    I did the paperwork on the crib yesterday. Wish me luck and that I’m approved and qualified. But that should go through since I’m Asian.

    ^^
    lol. If you think you’re ready to buy, then good luck.
    Which you don’t need, bcuz you’re Asian.

    LF: I will never buy another property!

  30. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    yo!!! his work is crazy! his prices must be OD

    ^^

    lol, of course! minimum is $600. . . but you see that DETAIL?!?! fuck it, i’d drop dough on a tat from him. . .

    he did this jawn on jermaine dupri’s ribs (lol, that’s how i found out about him) of janet jackson as a saint. . . shit looks like a digital fuckin picture!

  31. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    ^^^^^
    yup I copped the dark pair. I had 50dollars in credits

    ^^

    lol, you welcome, muhfucka.

  32. moks Says:

    Thank God this gets to see the light of day! This joint was better than the renaissance!

  33. Nah Right » Video: Q-Tip Interview w/ ThisisCurtis Says:

    […] explains how the Kamaal The Abstract album came about, regrets, rule # 4080 and […]

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