Sunday, November 9, 2008

Video of the Week - Q-Tip: "Move"

For all those people who wished somebody other than Justin Timberlake (i.e. a black person) would pick up the torch dropped by Michael Jackson, Q-Tip has answered the bell on his new album "The Renaissance." It was barely released last week and already I can tell that it's going to stay on repeat in my iPod for the next couple of weeks. That's because Q-Tip does a fantastic job of inserting his smooth lyrical flow into a kaleidescope of Hip Hop beats, Soul melodies and Jazzy grooves on every single track.

On "Move" we hear Q-Tip summoning his inner Curtis Mayfield, while the accompanying video is an unmistakable homage to Michael Jackson's video for "Rock With You." Tip may have foregone the sparkled sequined getup, but he kept the campy green light and smoke machine effects. It's a fitting tribute from an artist who owes much of the music on his album to the funky jams of Off the Wall. Now I just hope Q-Tip doesn't let this stuff get to his head and ends up recreating Moonwalker.

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