Although he is currently wrapping his as-yet-untitled fourth studio album, New York rapper Q-Tip has revealed he’s making the time to work with Kanye West on his highly-anticipated upcoming album and Jay-Z’s forthcoming set, among others.
“I’m getting ready to work on stuff for Mary J. Blige… Kanye and I are gonna continue to work together. We’re doing some stuff for Jay-Z’s new album that’s coming out in the spring and then after Jay’s thing I’m gonna start recording my new album… Kanye should be working on that, too,” the A Tribe Called Quest frontman told XXL magazine.
Specifically about his work with West, Q-Tip seemed excited about Kanye’s return to full-fledge rhyming. “This album is, in a good way, going backwards,” he explained. “When he did [‘808s & Heartbreak’] that was such a departure from ‘College Dropout.’ But now he’s stepping backwards so this album will be more of a sonic extension of ‘College Dropout’ and ‘Graduation’ but he’s doing it with a new attitude. He’s looking forward but reaching back, which is interesting.”
In addition, Q-Tip is working on multiple movies and plays, including playing jazz great Miles Davis, working with Martin Scorsese producer Barbara De Fina on a film for his next record and a Tribe documentary that’s currently in the works, among other projects.