Update: Q-Tip’s ‘Renaissance’ Set For October Release, Star Dedicates Song To Obama

Hip Hop veteran Q-Tip’s highly anticipated album has officially received a release date, this after a series of delays. “Renaissance,” the emcee’s sophomore solo album has officially been set for release October 14th via Universal Motown. The nine-track set blends live instrumentation, scratching and samplels for a sound reminiscent of hte rapper’s work in A Tribe Called Quest, reports Billboard. The album will tentatively open with “Shaka,” a song featuring an excerpt of one of presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign speeches over a guitar-tinged beat. It still isn’t official that the track will make the cut, since the sound byte hasn’t been cleared yet. “I start the album off with the Obama speech not just because I’m African-American, but because I really feel like he’s a fresh new voice and alternative from what we’ve seen in the political scene in some time,” Q-Tip told Billboard earlier this year. “I see similarities in his way of thinking and my way. I really like him a lot.” Also featured on the set is the piano-based lead single, “Getting Up,” which is in the vein of Tribe’s “Award Tour,” the Raphael Saadiq-assisted “Fight/Love,” which tells the stories of a girl in a troubled relationship and a young man fighting in Iraq, and “Life Is Better,” featuring Norah Jones, where Q-Tip pays tribute to all his favorite rappers, including Biz Markie, LL Cool J, Leaders of The New School, Snoop Dogg, Eazy-E, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Brand Nubian and Pimp C. As previously reported on Singersroom, the album will feature a collaboration with R&B singer D’Angelo entitled “Believe” in addition to “ManWomanBoogie” with Amanda Diva. Q-Tip’s “Renaissance” hits stores October 14th !


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