Big news courtesy of Q-Tip himself today as he reveals to Elliott Wilson that he and Rick Rubin will be producing Kanye West's next solo album!
"I’m producing Kanye’s new album with Rick Rubin, I’m doin’ that, so that’s coming up." - Q-Tip
Of course one's quick to assume that the album will have a more traditional hip hop sound with Tip and Rubin involved, but as we all know with Kanye, we really shouldn't have any expectations. The bottom line is that I think these three will make for a good mix, and I'm intrigued to hear how working with Rick Rubin from the start of the album (as opposed to the end, like Yeezus) will be different for 'Ye. There is of course no word yet on when everyone will be together working on the album, but hopefully we'll hear more updates as 2014 is upon us.
The official artwork for Busta & Q-Tip's upcoming collab mixtape, The Abstract And The Dragon! Pretty dope, that can be a cool t-shirt. And the logos down below drive it home: a G.O.O.D. Music x YMCMB collab. Ha!
What a stretch it's been for Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip. First, I feel they really took the hip hop world by storm with the furious rhymes on "Thank You". Just yesterday in Brooklyn, Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest are opening up the Yeezus Tour (with Busta himself also performing). And now, Busta Rhymes announces an upcoming collaboration mixtape with Q-Tip called The Abstract & The Dragon.
And that's only a few weeks away. If they have records on there that are even half as good as "Thank You", I think we're in for a treat. Seriously.
It's rare that a phone pic can cause such excitement in hip hop but this one tells the story of a studio session taking place last night in NYC with Kendrick Lamar & Q-Tip. We'll keep a close eye and ear on where this develops.
In the meantime, if you've slept on Q-Tip's feature on Busta Rhymes' new "Thank You", wake up. It's on the short list for my favorite track of the month.
1. This collab was led to be everyone photographed above during the making of the video VMA weekend. The track proves that there are only mere intros from Weezy & Yeezy.
2. You'll immediately shrug once you hear the track though. Busta and Q-Tip kill it. Fast flows, clear and easy-to-follow lyrics, and such a raw hip hop energy that I think any casual fan will raise their eyebrows and feel impressed.
3. The production — very ear-friendly with a dope soulful sample spliced in as well.
4. Let me run it back.
Look for this one on Busta's upcoming album, Extinction Level Event 2, and the video likely sooner than later.
UPDATE: Re-mastered by John Stewart. This version (above and below) sounds a lot cleaner.
From left to right: beautiful women, Q-Tip, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, beautiful women
VMA weekend is bringing together the music industry to NYC and Brooklyn, and that thankfully also yields some of the game's biggest artists to collab. We have just that in the upcoming music video for Busta Rhymes' "I Wanna Thank You" featuring Kanye West, Q-Tip, and Lil Wayne. There was no Lil Wayne on set because his America's Most Wanted Tour was in Albuquerque yesterday (of which we have some coverage via Gowhere: PHX later today!) but 'Ye & 'Tip joined 'Bust (does that work?) and there are some behind the scenes Instagram videos of what went down below (ahh, when Instagram videos become the norm...)
Honestly, it's kind of hilarious to watch some of these scenes being filmed out of context. 'Ye just standing still while Q-Tip raps (immediately below) was pretty good. Look out for the song and video, off Busta's upcoming album, E.L.E. 2, soon.
There seems to be some disagreement within the G.O.O.D. Music camp regarding Cruel Winter, the possible follow-up project to Cruel Summer. In the Interview with MTV posted above, artist Travis Scott stated that "'Ye still go all the way hard about Cruel Winter, so you just never know. He might just drop that s**t out of nowhere, man." Scott's comments are in agreement with those of team member Q-Tip, who was the first to bring up the possibility of Cruel Winter with MTV last September.
However earlier this month, Pusha T shot down these reports. In an interview with Power 98 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the rapper claimed "We are not doing the Cruel Winter album or the Cruel Summer sequel. There are too many projects we got going on" citing Yeezus and his own own upcoming album, My Name is My Name, as examples.
Perhaps by winter the G.O.O.D. Music family will have decided.