Q-Tip (Rapper)

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    The Hunger Games Soundtrack Is Awful and Not a Soundtrack

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack is officially out in anticipation of the film release Friday. As is increasingly common practice for these types of blockbusters, it features a ridiculous array of music talent -- Lorde, Stromae, Pusha T, Q-Tip and HAIM are all on the first track. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    See How Nas Created His Masterpiece

    By Ian S. Port One rhyme in particular crystallizes the genius of Nas' 1994 classic, Illmatic. It comes in the song "One Love," which takes the form of a letter to a friend in prison: "Congratulations, you know you got a son," Nas raps. "I heard he looks like ya, why don't your lady write ya?" Di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    The ten best hip-hop DJs in Denver

    Denver's hip-hop scene is ripe with talent, especially in terms of the great DJs fans have access too. You could walk into dozens of clubs, bars, patios, pool parties or even corporate events that just happens to be hosted by one of the town's best. The competition is stiff, and a following here can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    2013 Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

    The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    The ten best rap producers of all time

    Even though rappers and producers share a symbiotic dependence on one another, there's been an ongoing debate in rap music about who plays the most pivotal role: the one providing the words or the one providing the music. While the MCs obviously get the most shine, would Guru's words been as impactf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE @ RED ROCKS | THURS, 8/15/13 A six-year hiatus hasn't made Queens of the Stone Age forget its roots. The earnest full-length album ...Like Clockwork, released earlier this year, is a long-awaited return to the spotlight, and it proves that the band hasn't lost its flair for ' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Ten acts that helped make hip-hop more accessible to mainstream audiences

    Hip-hop is a world unto itself. Its rich tradition of spoken word poetry, self-referential subject matter and electronic and sample-based production make it, in many ways, a difficult musical form to adapt to, especially if you come from a more traditional background. These ten acts helped make rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    9th Wonder on how hip-hop is like pills in the applesauce, a gateway to knowledge and history

    A revered hip-hop producer who got his start with Phonte and Big Pooh in the North Carolina-based group Little Brother, 9th Wonder has worked an array of top shelf artists from Jay-Z and Destiny's Child to Mary J. Blige and Ludacris, among many others. Known as one of the best samplers in hip-hop, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    What's in your bag? Dead animals, shades and more at the Westword Music Showcase

    Last Saturday was scorching, and not just because the temperature broke 100 degrees. There was also blazing local music at the eighteenth annual Westword Music Showcase -- with a record-breaking 15,000 fans in attendance. While many focused on remaining hydrated with booze or water, others were fixa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Local hip-hop acts pick their favorite Tribe tracks and muse on the influence of Q-Tip

    This Saturday, some of the hottest local talent will be getting busy on fifteen stages throughout the Golden Triangle for the annual Westword Music Showcase. After the Showcase wraps, Q-Tip, hip-hop's premiere rapping, producing, trendsetting, superstar will rock a rare DJ set at City Hall Amphithea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Don't sleep! Today only: Get a ticket to Showcase and the official after party for $23

    Today only, in the Voice Daily Deals, you can get a ticket to this year's Westword Music Showcase with Girl Talk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe's tribute to the Beastie Boys, Battles, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Baywood and 150 of the hottest local acts, PLUS a ticket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Q-Tip is performing a DJ set at the 2012 Westword Music Showcase Official After-Party

    Okay, so just when you think the summer couldn't get any hotter, it just did. Check it: Q-Tip is performing a DJ set at the Official Westword Music Showcase After Party at City Hall. Tickets go on sale this Monday at Oh, and stay tuned, we have another killer announcement coming this Mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory is 20 years old

    ​On September 24, 1991, A Tribe Called Quest released The Low End Theory, a beautiful fusion of hip-hop, jazz, and esoteric lyrics aimed at a new generation of hip-hop. Twenty years later, the album sounds just the same in 2011, as it did, frankly, whenever you heard it. Inspiring such artists ... More >>

  • Film

    July 28, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    DJ Mu$a paying tribute to The Low End Theory this Friday with a bad-ass hip-hop party

    ​A Tribe Called Quest is a group that will forever go down as one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. And its album, The Low End Theory, is among the game's best and most influential albums. As we approach the twenty-year anniversary of its release, DJ Mu$a is planning to pay tribute t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Top five lost albums we'd like to see released

    ​Love's lost album from 1973, Black Beauty, is finally going to see the light of day when its released in June. The album was their first with a new lineup after Arthur Lee left the band, but the record label went bankrupt before it was ever released. It's certainly not the first time this has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    DJ Shadow at the Ogden, 11/19/10

    Aaron Thackeray​ DJ SHADOW With Pigeon John 11.21.10 | Ogden Theatre See slideshow and read the interview with DJ Shadow Josh Davis (aka DJ Shadow) has come a long way since his days collaborating with hip-hop icons Gift of Gab and Lyrics Born, and his skills have only gotten more sharply ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Anatomy of a hip-hop song: Local producers weigh in on what it takes to make a great track

    David Lang / Red Bull PhotofilesBoonie Mayfield (top) and Xperiment Beats​The term "producer" has very different connotations in the worlds of rock and hip-hop. Although they're both instrumental in shaping the sound, they serve very different functions. Generally speaking, in rock, a produc ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 13, 2008

    Indie Rocks

    John Wenzel’s new book examines the rise of indie comedy.

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: ManeLine, Hip-Hop Stars React to Obama win, Shakir Stewart Suicide, Mos Def

    LOCALS ONLY Since releasing their debut album, Til Then... last year, ManeLine, which consists of Mane Rok, InkLine and DeeJay Tense, have been on a tear locally doing show after show and even helping get monthly local hip-hop nights going at Herb’s Hideout (Everybody Eats) and the Marquis Theate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008

    The Friday Rap-Up: Ice Cube, Phife, 50 Cent, Jam Master Jay

    Ice Cube signs up for NBC cop show Ice Cube sure has come a long way from his jheri curl days in NWA. He’s got platinum albums and hit movies, and now he’s going to take another shot at television. According to rapper has signed on to write and produce a cop comedy for NBC. "As we cont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2007

    This Week in Hip Hop

    Foxy Brown out of the hole When you get locked up, no matter how much of a cool cat you are, you have to show the other inmates you’re not the one to be messed with. Foxy Brown, who is serving a year at Rikers Island for violating her probation, went a little overboard and tried to show and prove ... More >>

  • Music

    September 7, 2006

    A Tribe Called Quest

    Wednesday, September 13, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    September 1, 2005

    Brother, Brother, Brother

    Little Brother's new record takes hip-hop's stereotypes to task.

  • Music

    June 16, 2005

    Black Eyed Peas

    Monkey Business (A&M Records)

  • Music

    September 30, 2004


    Around the Sun (Warner Bros.)

  • Music

    July 19, 2001

    Vision Quest

    Phife Dawg makes a solo stand in a post-Tribe world.

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.

  • Music

    October 19, 2000

    Broun Fellinis

    Out Through The N Door
    Transistor Rodeo
    (Weed Records)

  • Music

    August 10, 2000

    Diamond in the Rough

    Three urban luminaries make Lucy Pearl an R&B trio with star -- and staying -- power.

  • Music

    March 23, 2000

    Critic's Choice

    Rahzel, with Mix Master Mike and Choclair

  • Music

    January 20, 2000

    In the Thick of It

    For more than a decade, the Jungle Brothers have remained members of hip-hop's original tribe.

  • Music

    January 6, 2000



  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Judgment Day

    Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.

  • Music

    October 14, 1999

    Beyond the Fringe

    Styles of Beyond takes underground hip-hop back to the future.

  • Music

    September 10, 1998
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    November 13, 1997
  • Music

    March 6, 1997

    Run, Reverend, Run

    Run-D.M.C. has seen the light--and wants to show it to you.

  • Music

    August 22, 1996

    Simply the Quest

    A Tribe Called Quest meets the press--in a manner of speaking.

  • Music

    August 22, 1996

    Rhymes Pays

    It's not easy being as wild as Busta Rhymes.

  • News

    January 5, 1994

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of January 5