Q-Tip's legendary unreleased jazz funk flavored Kamaal The Abstract album – a wonderful record that should have come out in 2002 (!!!) – but in yet another tribute to Q-Tip's genius, it sounds just as great all these years later! We remember well, hearing snippets of Kamaal The Abstract on a promo only sampler, and telling anyone who would listen to us what a wholly credible modern hip hop learned take on 70s keyboard funk this record was going to be, and how it would catapult Q-Tip into forefront of modern innovators. Then it got bumped, and bumped, and bumped, and finally sealed in the vault. Here it is, folks! Rhodes, Moog, organs, piano, synth, bass, soulful guitars, live and programmed drums carry the headnodding jazz funk vibe, with Q-Tip/
Kamaal's buttery vocals as a piece of the overall groove, as opposed to party rocking MC mode. The Abstract Rapper does stand out a couple times, but for the most part it's all about setting up a vibe, and what a vibe it is. Titles include "Feelin", "Do You Dig U?" featuring Gary Thomas & Kurt Rosenwinkel
, "A Million Times", "Blue Girl". "Barely In Love", "Heels", "Abtractionisms" featuring Kenny Garrett, aka Truth, "Caring", "Even If It Isn't So", "Make It Work" and "Damn You're Cool".