But if you look at us as a culture, as a people, you would say that if you get up at five o’clock in the morning, eat your breakfast, go to work, make money, pay your bills, you’re progressing, when you’re still doing what’s comfortable. And I feel like Barack Obama, kind of in a political sense, embodies that same kind of spirit as a Q-Tip or a Santogold or a Common.
Progressing is if you move yourself into a different place and you’re on a search or a quest — pardon the pun. They want to have that comfortable place that has a face that will always be there and a voice that sounds familiar and will always be there. I feel like there is a synergy going on here in this country and abroad.
My dad used to write poetry and my sister was this really amazing writer, so I was also naturally into writing. I sang in church, but growing up in the neighborhood, music was more of an expression of relief or entertainment.
After listening to the Sugarhill Gang, he was like, “Listen to this, man.
Rollins69 said something about the new Lil Wayne song and who did the beat. I guess he wants to focus on continuing to build a brand.
Then Sarah Woo58 will be like, “No, he didn’t do the beat, this guy did the beat.” To me, that drains the art. Whereas predating the Internet and predating videos, you had an active imagination. I tell him all the time that he needs to do a comedy. He feels like he hasn’t gotten to where he wants to get to as an actor.
” And everyone has to offer their opinion and comment.
Then there is internal warfare between the commentators with their comments.
But with The Renaissance, set for release in September, the Abstract Poetic MC may have rediscovered his groove. My first memory of hip-hop was this block party, and there was a disco record by Karen Young called “Hot Shot.” It was summer, about the end of June.
Kamaal “Q-Tip” Fareed is the leader of Queens, New York–based group A Tribe Called Quest, whose innovative first three albums are perhaps hip-hop’s most universally beloved — by both fans and critics. It wasn’t this thing you did to get out [of the hood].
Tensions plagued 1996’s disappointing fourth, Beats, Rhymes and Life, and the trio split in 1998. At the time, people like Stevie Wonder and other artists were superstars, icons.
Your comanager Chris Lighty told me a few years ago that every time you went into the studio, the success of the first three Tribe albums weighed on your shoulders. It was obvious that something was wrong during the making of Beats, Rhymes and Life. I think it was off because I just had taken my shahada [a declaration of religious belief; Q-Tip is a Sunni Muslim].
Yeah, there was some pressures, more so during Beats, Rhymes and Life. I got Ali back into Islam, and a couple of brothers were hanging around me, and we were making salat [prayer] in the studio. Whereas prior, there was a lightheartedness to Tribe.