Kamaal the Abstract

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All Music Guide - John Bush
A personal, unique project compared to Amplified (Q-Tip's first under his own name), Kamaal the Abstract fittingly sounds more like a solo album; whereas Amplified merely built on the digital soul of the last Tribe Called Quest album (The Love Movement), this one is wide-ranging and diverse, a relaxed, loose-limbed date. Q-Tip lays way back on these cuts, rapping in a quick, low monotone for the opener, "Feelin'," even while the song breaks into some restrained guitar grind on the choruses. Guitars, in fact, crop up all over this record. Setting aside comparisons to the contemporary record by N.E.R.D. (the rock side project of hip-hop super-producers Neptunes), Q-Tip crafted ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
A personal, unique project compared to Amplified (Q-Tip's first under his own name), Kamaal the Abstract fittingly sounds more like a solo album; whereas Amplified merely built on the digital soul of the last Tribe Called Quest album (The Love Movement), this one is wide-ranging and diverse, a relaxed, loose-limbed date. Q-Tip lays way back on these cuts, rapping in a quick, low monotone for the opener, "Feelin'," even while the song breaks into some restrained guitar grind on the choruses. Guitars, in fact, crop up all over this record. Setting aside comparisons to the contemporary record by N.E.R.D. (the rock side project of hip-hop super-producers Neptunes), Q-Tip crafted a record that pays homage to the last gasp of organically produced mainstream pop in the '70s and '80s, paying a large compliment to Prince and Stevie Wonder, even as he proves himself far more talented than D'Angelo (if not quite as soulful). The beats are pointed and clipped, to be expected on a Q-Tip record, but he allows plenty of space for the arrangements to speak, like the trim trumpet lines pacing "Even if It Is So" or allowing plenty of room for extended blowing from a flute on the warm, pastoral "Do You Dig You." The former is one of the best tracks here, Q-Tip introducing his story song with a fluid, ten-second speed-rap that says more about the plight of the single mother he adores than any other rapper could with an entire album. This wasn't the kind of record that lights up the charts -- which could account for the reason it didn't appear on the shelves in late April 2002, as expected, and only earned an official release in 2009 -- but in many ways it's superior to the released Amplified. [The 2009 release via Jive included a bonus track, "Make It Work."]
New York Times
Arista canceled the original release of Kamaal the Abstract, Q-Tip’s funk-rock-jazz-hip-hop record in 2002; now, seven years later, he is releasing the album on a smaller label.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • Label: Battery Records
  • UPC: 886975551927
  • Catalog Number: 55519
  • Sales rank: 92,794

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feelin' (4:32)
  2. 2 Do You Dig U? (7:19)
  3. 3 A Million Times (4:16)
  4. 4 Blue Girl (5:20)
  5. 5 Barely in Love (4:03)
  6. 6 Heels (3:07)
  7. 7 Abstractionisms (5:19)
  8. 8 Caring (1:40)
  9. 9 Even If It Is So (5:30)
  10. 10 Make It Work (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Q-Tip Primary Artist
Kurt Rosenwinkel Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Aisha Morris Vocals
Kamaal Fareed Synthesizer, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bells, Hand Clapping, drum overdubs, Mini Moog
Kelvin Sholar Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, fender rhodes, Soloist
Chris Sholar Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Soloist
Guyora Kats Bass, Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Jonathan Blake Drums
Sun Singleton Vocals
Technical Credits
Q-Tip Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Kurt Rosenwinkel Composer
Vic Anesini Material
Kamaal Fareed Composer, drum programming
Kelvin Sholar Composer
Denise Trorman Art Direction
Chris Sholar Composer
Guyora Kats Composer
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