Q-Tip Is Working On His First Solo Album In Nearly 10 Years & It’s Coming Soon
It has been exactly four years since AFH readers heard anything about Q-Tip’s The Last Zulu album. Once slated to be The Abstract’s first release since signing with Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music, the proposed LP marks a follow-up to 2008’s Grammy-nominated album, The Renaissance. It was Tip’s third solo set, which also includes Kamaal/The Abstract, a 2009 collection of songs released almost a decade after they were recorded.
Few could have imagined it back in 2014, but Q-Tip blessed fans with the unthinkable in 2016. The MC/producer secretly reunited with all members of A Tribe Called Quest and recorded We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. The Epic/Sony Records LP arrived to the public (who took it to #1) ahead of Phife Dawg’s untimely death.
Tip has not released any music tied explicitly to The Last Zulu. Confirming plans to release the album soon, the Queens, New Yorker revealed that the project is also known as “The Riot Diary.”
On the solo side, Q-Tip has worked with Solange, cousin Consequence, and Termanology in recent years, in addition to plans with 2 Chainz. In ’16, Tip was nominated for a “Best Dance Song” Grammy alongside longtime collaborators The Chemical Brothers for “Go.”
He has also been performing readings from a play based on Miles Davis, preparing to teach a seven-class Jazz course at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute Of Recorded Music, and programming as The John F. Kennedy Center’s Artistic Director of Hip-Hop Culture.
#BonusBeat: Earlier this year Q-Tip and Pop star Demi Lovato released the visuals for “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” The song covers Elton John and Kiki Dee’s 1976 #1 hit.
Tip and Demi’s track is off of Revamp: The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin.