The story of this album is probably more fascinating to old industry heads than young music fans, but for the sake of argument, let's say Kamaal The Abstract was actually released somewhere between 2001 and 2002, when it was supposed to be. It would've been up sandwiched somewhere between Jay's first two Blueprint's and might have found itself in a Best Buy basket with either of them for all the fans of Kanye's production. But looking back, while we still listen to both BP's, Kamaal has definitely lost some luster, especially considering Q-Tip released a pretty solid comeback already this year. Regardless, for all those who didn't steal it off the internet several years ago in an act of record industry protest, Kamaal The Abstract will be buyable in physical form next week, and is in the meantime streaming on Q-Tip's MySpace. Light a clove, wrap a scarf and give it a listen. "Abstractionisms" is still a pretty tight jam.
Stream: Q-Tip, Kamaal The Abstract LP