It looks like Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip have brought together their two very different styles, and it has proven to be completely explosive. At first sight, it may seem like an odd pair, but it’s an excellent thing. Even though this album wasn’t all the talk on the internet, it should have been. Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip were able to bring back the old style from the ‘90s, while laying down some great new verses to older tunes.
This project is A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes collaborating on remixes of classic tunes from their past. They do this style so well that you would think you’re listening to a classic album, but it’s just a taste of what’s to come from them in the future.
Busta and Q, who create a chemistry like salt and pepper, cracked the code for the right elements to bring back real Hip-Hop. Of course, this mixtape is aimed to a very specific crowd of Hip-Hop heads, but it’s a great start for older rappers to start bringing back the better style of Hip-Hop. Now that the greats of the game are starting to mentor the newer rappers with good music, the game should start to evolve.
“Thank You” by Busta, featuring Q, gives off a great sense of what this mixtape has to offer. With the smooth style of Q-Tip mixed in with the rough style of Busta, you get a hard-hitting impact of energy that would usually be unimaginable.
One of the best tracks on this project is “Butch Sundance.” It isn’t the track that has the most complex instrumental or the most energy, but it has the cleanest sound with a sprinkle of the right rhythm and rhyme.
Just when the mixtape seemed to hit its peak, they added “Come On Down” to it. The track has a vintage instrumental, but it’s the flow kicked by Big Daddy Kane that revitalizes a classic style that hasn’t been heard from since the early ‘90s.
Not just most of the tracks, but the whole mixtape is a breath of fresh air for the game. The Abstract and The Dragon’s message to the game is, “The game is back!” The message is clear and obvious that this mixtape is a must-listen. I speak highly of it because it is the highest of quality.