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  • Summary: Q-Tip returns to release his first solo album in nine years with guests such as D'Angelo, Amanda Diva, Norah Jones, and Raphael Saadiq.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. His music now seems as fresh and necessary an alternative to rap's mainstream as it did when Tribe first arrived. Welcome back, old friend.
  2. Though he gripes that fans are always bringing up Tribe, The Renaissance is a showcase for Q-Tip's cool and empathetic consciousness.
  3. The Renaissance is the logical extension of this exploratory work, coupled with Q-Tip’s need to, once and for all, step out from behind Tribe’s long, dominant shadow, and in many respects (if not all), it succeeds wildly in both dimensions.
  4. The disc is an affirmation that life, and hip-hop, can indeed get better.
  5. So the cookie-cutter joints are tossed out the window for The Renaissance as Q-Tip attempts to show that he can creatively flow over whatever unusual progression or production twist comes along with each successive track.
  6. 70
    The Renaissance hints at newness, but its cushy boom-bap grooves, airy soulfulness and rhymes about struggle and redemption recall rap’s Edenic “golden age.”
  7. 60
    The Renaissance offers a compromise between the rootsy East Coast rap he helped to define and the LP you imagine the label wanted. [Jan 2008, p.111]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. ClaireF
    Mar 31, 2009
    One of the best albums I have bought in years...immense!
  2. DeadrickD
    Dec 12, 2008
    I've played the album like 3 times back to back. It has soulful vibe that reminds me of some of the old Tribe Called Quest tracks. Its a great album. Welcome back, Q-Tip! The game needs you man! Expand
  3. KyleZ
    Nov 14, 2008
    Get this man a Grammy. Now.
  4. rays
    Nov 23, 2008
    Great album! From beginning to end I was not disappointed by any of the tracks, smooth beats, with amazing vocals. A few of the tracks even take it back in time reminding me of the tribe days. This is definitely an album that I will be listening to for years to come! Expand
  5. TomaD
    Jul 9, 2009
    One of the best Hip-Hop albums I've heard in ages! Easily one of the best of the 2000's decade. Keep it up Q-Man!
  6. EddieD
    Nov 20, 2008
    Q-Tip's back!! Its been a long time coming but the wait was well worth it for this masterpiece! This is more than a dope hip hop album, this is great music that transcends genre's. Expand
  7. OwenP
    Nov 16, 2008
    Not really that interesting to me. I found it sort of dull and lacking any character. Then again, I'm a huge Wu-Tang fan, so this isn't really 'groundbreaking' in my view. Collapse

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