As we were putting together “The Making of Mobb Deep’s The Infamous” last year, one thing became abundantly clear: Q-Tip doesn’t get nearly enough credit for the role he played in making the album what it was.
Although he’s credited with producing three songs, he mixed, mastered, and remade many more of the beats on the album. Furthermore, he mentored a young Havoc and helped him come into his own as a producer.
When you consider that Tip had an incredible run making jazzy, laid-back records with A Tribe Called Quest and then worked on a gritty, dark album like The Infamous, you’ll see just how versatile a producer he really is. The Abstract already gets a ton of accolades, but deserves even more.