For the past month, DJ and remix artist J. Period has been leaking bits and pieces from his tribute to the former A Tribe Called Quest member and current solo artist Q-Tip. He made the entire mixtape available last Tuesday and by Thursday, it had been downloaded over 20,000 times. Along with Q-Tip's timeless prose, the release includes a star-studded cast of extras. From the press release:
"This unprecedented mixtape arrives on the heels of Q-Tip's critically-acclaimed album, The Renaissance (released Nov 4), and urges a new generation of fans to take note of Q-Tip's tremendous contributions to hip hop throughout his career. The [Abstract] Best also follows J.Period & Q-Tip's November release entitled "Q-Tip for President"--an Obama anthem that received over 100,000 downloads surrounding the Presidential Election.
But nothing makes this mixtape more highly-anticipated than the all-star lineup of contributors--De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, ?uestlove, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Consequence, Zion I, Skillz, Black Sheep, Kid Cudi, Blu--a first of its kind in the mixtape game, and a testament to the depth of influence Q-Tip has had on hip hop's elite. No mixtape has ever boasted such a lineup, and no DJ has ever ventured to bring so many artists together for a single mixtape release. Hip hop's unbridled creativity once thrived in these kinds of collaborations, and J.Period is determined to re-ignite that spirit."
Check out the tracklisting at J. Period's site and download the 49-track mixtape (free for a limited time), below via zShare.
ZIP: J. Period & Q-Tip, The [Abstract] Best