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J. Period & Q-Tip

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J. Period offers another one of his creative career-overview mixtapes, a part-anthology, part-documentary look at Q-Tip that emphasizes the MC’s years with A Tribe Called Quest, weaving Tribe tracks and productions, featured verses, rarities, sample sources, and interview material. The presentation is clever and knowledgeable enough to reel in hardcore fans and younger neophytes alike. The most amusing interview bit comes with “Kapelka,” where Q-Tip confesses that his “Yiddish isn’t that good,” explaining how he meant to say “Gefilte makes you vomit” in “What?”


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

A hip-hop traditionalist at heart, award-winning mixtape DJ J. Period has garnered praise from several outlets, including MTV, Vibe, and Billboard, for his acclaimed Best Of mixtape series. Having completed mixtapes covering Nas, Big Daddy Kane, and the Isley Brothers, among others, Period usually enlists the direct participation of the artist, compiling their classic songs, unreleased material, self-produced remixes, and excerpts from interviews or other live recordings. His keen sense of meter...
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