Q-Tip ‎– Kamaal The Abstract

Versions from 2001 not commercially released.


Do You Dig U?
A Million Times
Blue Girl
Barely In Love
Even If It Is So

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Versions (12)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
74321 894092 Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract(CD, Album, Promo) Arista, BMG France 74321 894092 France 2001 Sell This Version
QT02 Q-Tip Abstractions(LP, Album, Unofficial) Arista (2) QT02 US 2001 Sell This Version
none Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract(CD, Advance, Album, Promo) Arista none 2001 Sell This Version
none Q Tip* Kamaal The Abstract(CDr, Album, Promo) Arista none US 2001 Sell This Version
07822-14685-1 Q-Tip Kamaal/The Abstract(LP, Album) Arista 07822-14685-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
88697555192 Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract(CD, Album) Jive, Battery Records (3) 88697555192 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
88697-55519-2 Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract(CD, Album) Jive, Battery Records (3) 88697-55519-2 US 2009 Sell This Version
BVCP 40127 Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract(CD, Album) Jive BVCP 40127 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
none Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract(CDr, Album, Promo) Jive, Battery Records (3) none US 2009 Sell This Version
88697-55519-1 Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract(LP, Uni + LP, S/Sided, Etch, Uni + Album) Jive, Battery Records (3) 88697-55519-1 US 2009 Sell This Version
none Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract(CDr, Promo) Arista none US Unknown Sell This Version
QT06LP Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract(LP, Album, Promo, Unofficial) Arista (2) QT06LP UK Unknown Sell This Version


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October 29, 2020
edited 6 months ago
referencing Kamaal The Abstract, LP, Uni + LP, S/Sided, Etch, Uni + Album, 88697-55519-1
According to Tip, L.A. Reid initially dug the new material he was working on. Originally, Clive Davis wanted him to sign with J-Records, to stand in as the male complement to his "leading lady," Alicia Keys. Tip, while enthusiastic at Clive's interest, decided to stick it out with Arista and work closely with L.A. Reid, who rose as the label's president. L.A. eventually became apprehensive about the musical direction Kamaal was venturing, deemed it uncommercial and unsuitable as a proper follow-up to his 1999 solo debut, Amplified, and decided to shelve it. When tracks from this then-shelved album first surfaced on the internet back in 2002, I was a bit taken aback by it. I could tell it was definitely a progressive step for Tip, but I wasn't at all enthused by its unorthodox approach. It seemed dissonant and unrefined. My ears and taste hadn't matured. When it was officially released in 2009, it all clicked. It's not a one-listen album. Had L.A. Reid and Arista brass not been so apprehensive about its musical direction, it would've been universally hailed as a daring work from an uncompromising rap icon, while still dividing rap traditionalists (i.e. the wake of Common's Electric Circus and Mos Def's The New Danger, Kanye's 808s & Heartbreak, to name a few). An idiosyncratic melding of alternative hip hop, soul, funk, and jazz fusion, it's still ahead of its time today.

This now-OOP and rare 2009 double-LP pressing is good, but not a sonic marvel. It does have some surface crackle that doesn't overpower the music. Great bass sound. Many of the songs sparkle on vinyl better than the 2009 CD iteration. There's some warpage on my copy, but nothing major.


August 26, 2020
referencing Abstractions, LP, Album, Unofficial, QT02
I am curious, is this a bootleg or a promo?


September 25, 2009
referencing Kamaal The Abstract, CD, Album, 88697-55519-2
Finally, my favourite unreleased album gets an official release! This has to be one of the greatest and most underrated records of our time.

This was never released for apparently being too uncommercial, but funnily enough, a similar album (OutKast's SpeakerBox/The Love Below) was a HUGE hit (mostly because of Hey Ya! I think?), which got released on the same label, that this was going to be on (Arista) in 2003.

Q-Tip (or Kamaal The Abstract) provides some really soulful vibes and even sings (which he does more of in this record) instead of MCing, and does a great job at it. It is like the best of Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Prince and A Tribe Called Quest rolled into one.

Reccomended for anyone, who supports real, genuine Hip-Hop, Soul, and Jazz-Funk.