November 10, 2008 12:00 PM

The Renaissance

ALT-RAP

“What good is an ear if a Q-Tip isn’t in it?” asks the former chief of A Tribe Called Quest at the start of his first release since 1999. Then he shows us exactly what kind of dope aural stimulation we’ve been missing. With chilled-out grooves and cool guests like D’Angelo and an Erykah Badu-esque Norah Jones, Q-Tip is, at 38, a rapper reborn.

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