Q-Tip talks multilingual ‘Last Zulu’ LP, producing for Drake & hints at ‘Watch The Throne’ beat


Finally some news about what Q-Tip’s upto! Q-Tip checked in with EUW Music Mix today to spill the beans on a few projects he’s working on, including producing for new albums by Drake, Esperanza Spalding and Santigold, and his own new multilingual solo album [recorded in English, Spanish, and French], titled The Last Zulu.

‘Last but not least, he is in the midst of producing tracks for alt-pop singer-songwriter Santigold (“Her [next] album is really, really great”) and NYC hip-hop traditionalist Roc Marciano,’ they report, ‘— and he just might be placing a beat on Kanye West and Jay-Z’s secretive Watch the Throne. (More on that soon!)’

Excerpt:

“I feel like my fans have been so gracious over the years,” Q-Tip says. “They’re so smart that I want to extend the grace back to them and speak to them in their tongues.” One slight problem: The Abstract Poetic is fluent in neither French nor Spanish. “I’m going to have to brush up!”

He plans to start seriously focusing on The Last Zulu in February, with a tentative release target of late 2011/early 2012. Here’s hoping it doesn’t fall victim to the label shenanigans that delayed 2008′s The Renaissance for so long.

So far Q-Tip has a few rough ideas for songs and a general concept involving vintage rhythms. “It’s going to take us back to the days of when it was breakbeats, when [Grandmaster] Flash and [Afrika] Bambaataa was throwing on them hard beats. It’s going to have a lot of that energy, and it’s going to feel really big and anthemic. It’s going to be unlike anything I’ve done before.”

–Read the full interview at EUW Music Mix