Q-Tip’s Abstract Radio show on Apple’s Beats 1 has previously included gems such as a two-hour tribute to his friend and collaborator Prodigy of Mobb Deep, and Friday’s show offered another special moment with a previously unreleased Kendrick Lamar collaboration. Q-Tip played the track, unofficially titled “Want U 2 Want,” at approximately the 1:42-mark of his mix Friday.
Keys, synths, and a guitar loop power the collaboration as both Kendrick and Q-Tip profess their love for their boos.
“The love for your name can only pertain to the flame I got in my veins/I never complain when your name is mentioned/I can’t hold back or restrain/It’s the fact I just want you to want me,” Kendrick raps on the song’s chorus.
This isn’t the first collaboration between Kendrick Lamar and Q-Tip, as Kendrick appeared on “Conrad Tokyo” from A Tribe Called Quest’s final album We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service.
The origins of “Want U 2 Want” are unclear, as Kendrick and Q-Tip were spotted hitting the studio as far back as 2012. Prior to A Tribe Called Quest’s 2016 swan song, Q-Tip had reportedly been working on a solo project entitled The Last Zulu.
If you missed @QtipTheAbstract's #ABSTRACTRADIO, he dropped two exclusives:@kendricklamar ft. Q-Tip— Beats 1 (@Beats1) February 10, 2018
"Want U 2 Want"
Q-Tip ft. @ddlovato
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
Hear it again:
7AM LA / 10AM NYC / 3PM LDN.
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Q-Tip also dropped a collaboration with Demi Lovato entitled "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"—an Elton John and Kiki Dee cover—at the 1:59 mark of his mix. You can hear Q-Tip’s entire mix via Apple Music.