Producer: J Dilla, Q-Tip
Label: Arista Records
Beats, Rhymes & Life and The Love Movement alienated some Tribe fans, but Q-Tip's solo set, Amplified completely closed the door on those who'd been waiting around for the MC to return to '93. Sure there were a couple of clunkers, but in hindsight the album had some great moments—namely the breezy banger “Let's Ride.”
The undeniably dope flipping of Joe Pass's guitar on “Giant Steps,” not to mention half a dozen other samples and distinct noises, might make you want to go back and revisit Tip's first solo venture. “Let's Ride” found Dilla embracing Kamaal's reinvention, pushing his artistic capabilities with a new sound.