This slinky funk, sample-stitched new song from Q-Tip is pretty much the jam. “Life Is Better” features Norah Jones, she of cool covers and platinum wigged fame, singing the track’s main motif as if she’s already years deep in the new soul/hip-hop-hook racket. Actually it’s NoJo’s
first second such collab, and she sorta dominates the playing time with Kamaal backing her up (after two minutes) with just one long verse. It’s a good one, though, and might give you an idea why the LA Times is calling his new album The Renaissance Tip’s best work since Tribe’s Midnight Marauders (they said it).
Vamp-y, cool. The Renaissance is out Election Day (tomorrow, people) via Universal Motown. Other guests include Raphael Saadiq, J Dilla, and D’Angelo. Hear the Dilla-collab “Gettin’ Up” at MySpace. Q-Tip The Vote.