Q-Tip is planning out his fourth solo album and hoping to release it within the next year or so. The former A Tribe Called Quest emcee/producer hasn’t begun working on the album, but plans to begin focusing on The Last Zulu in February. The Abstract spoke to EW about the album and the other things keeping him busy.
“I feel like my fans have been so gracious over the years,” Q-Tip says. “They’re so smart that I want to extend the grace back to them and speak to them in their tongues.” Of course he can’t speak French nor Spanish. “I’m going to have to brush up,” he added.
“It’s going to take us back to the days of when it was breakbeats,” Tip said of his idea for the albums sound. “When [Grandmaster] Flash and [Afrika] Bambaataa was throwing on them hard beats. It’s going to have a lot of that energy, and it’s going to feel really big and anthemic. It’s going to be unlike anything I’ve done before.”
Tip also revealed that Drake used one of his beats for his sophomore album. “He told me it’s incredible,” Q-Tip said, who hasn’t heard the final product. “I’m going to take his word for it.” Tip has also been working with Roc Marciano, Santogold and Esperanza Spalding.