Q-Tip and Common Form New Group, The Standard

q-tip.jpgIn an exclusive interview with XXLMag.com, A Tribe Called Quest frontman, Q-Tip, reveals he’s forming a new group with Common entitled The Standard. “Me and Common [are] getting ready to form a group,” ‘Tip tells XXLMag.com. “We’ll probably run it through the Uni [Universal Records] joint because we’re both on Universal.” According to The Abstract, it was Common who suggested the two from a group. “It was more of his suggestion,” he says. “He was like, “We just need to do a record.” So I’m really excited about that.” While the two haven’t started recording together yet, The Standard will start churning out material once the two starting touring together in a few weeks. As far as the production on the album, though, fans can expect Q-Tip to handle the majority. “I’m probably gonna do a lot of it,” ‘Tip says. “And we’ll get Kanye [West] on a couple things, but you know, that cat is busy.”

  • Kappa9

    Finally, real hip hop returns.

    • Greg

      This will be great for hip hop. Q-tip is already a good producer but if kanye pitches in to help it could be a classic. The 25 and younger kids must listen to the A Tribe Called Quest albums Q-tip did and the early Common albums also- Classic hip hop!! The new rappers are only influenced about sex, money, drugs and cars. Rappers like Q and Common make you think about more meaningful topics that are in our daily lives motivate us to be better people.

      • Rebel 1

        A good Producer? are you crazy, Q-tip is a legendary producer…he produced the majority of the Tribe Albums, that alone would put him i the Hip Hop hall of fame, not to mention Tracks on the 1st Mobb Deep Classic Album, and Nas’s Illmatic!…Even without KAnyes tracks, the group is fine on the production side!

  • Hip Hop since 79′/ Raised under Reagan

    I just burnt myself with a cigar reading this. AMEN!

  • Durty

    Only time will tell

  • http://thecorpse.com Pronay

    Phife is in tears this morning.

    • http://www.myspace.com/krazybone99 SaintOner

      Im in tears bro.. im definitly coppin this album, Real Hip Hop is back!

  • Caine

    It iz what it iz…

  • BklynBandette

    I’m definitely on the look out for this here.

  • J Hiebs

    There cd will be so dope! HIP-HOP BABY!

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Sounds like some classic shit is about to happen! they should add Mos it would be a wrap!!!

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Sounds like some classic shit is about to happen! they should add Mos it would be a wrap!!!

  • ron burch

    the true form never dies. hip hop lives!!!!!!!

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    • http://myspace.com/hitt_coffee Chocolate Chuck

      South side (773) holdin it down in the 520! I’ve been hip to Common’s stuff since “Can I borrow a Dollar” Been diggin Tribe since the Low End… I’m all for a concept album from two of the best lyricists of all time… But, I’m on Tip about his Family!? Sha, Phife and Tip need to do a collaborative joint with JBeez, De La and Tha Sheep!!! Add Busta and Queen for a truly unique sound and own this hip hop shit!!! 22 tracks and skits galore with production from Automator, Kanye, Primo, and the artists themselves!!! Get started?!

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  • Black Genius

    I’ll be gettin this on the day it comes out,but unlike some of yall I don’t think this is the only shit you can call Hip Hop.

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  • Mr. Whats beef

    this shit is going to great for hip-hop

  • grapes

    FUCK SOULJA BOYS, FUCK DEM NIGGAS TALKIN’ LIKE HE’S REAL HIP-HOP, CAUSE THE REAL IS HERE MOTHERFUCKAS.

  • jeff

    I liked the joint they did on the Get on The Bus soundtrack “The Remedy”. That was 11 years ago though, so I dunno how this is gonna be. I will certainly check for it though. This sounds like a 2009-2010 release though.

  • jt

    May the bull@#$& rap R.I.P. Hip Hop is alive!!

  • dope

    This is TYYYYYYYYYYYTE!

  • FrenchyBlaq

    If J Dilla (RIP) wuz still alive….

  • DJ Trev

    I read this earlier on GlobalGrind.com so it’s had a little time to sink in. I don’t know if I would be so quick to jump on the dilz nilz of a Tip(sorry T.I. he had it first) and Common Joint. Now lets be honest here…Tribe has always been a force to be reckoned with(except for that album in the all white cover that I bought at 12 midnight) that was a huge disappointment. Common on the other hand has had his moments both good and bad and I guess I don’t have to mention the crocheted pants. What a minute! Q-tip you are guilty of a few gruesome fashion violations as well. Anyway, let me get back to the music for those of you that don’t think fashion is as much a part of the music as the lyrics. To make a long story short I just hope they mesh well and bring something substantial to the table. I’m no hater so I look forward to Common bringing Q-Tip back aboard the Hip-Hop LoveBoat. But Common beware this album could be the tip of the iceberg (pun intended) of a sinking ship.

    Now start a new native tongues movement so we will truly have something to bump our gums about. Can you imagine the callabo’s?

  • blkfist

    niggaz is like zombies,….return of tha living “dead” NUFF!!

  • Burn T.D.I

    This sounds fantastic in theory, but in reality I bet you it’ll be just as disappointing as the KRS and Marley album. Sometimes rapper just need to know when to bow out.

  • HAWAIIAN

    this looks dope and is a good look for com and q-tip. if they get Kanye on the boards this could be great.

  • Mr. Rogers

    They’re sort of in a group already-the Native Tongues (though that movement died out with the shiny suits). They should have done this a decade ago. I don’t see the benefits of this union aside from very colorful clothing and spewing more hip-hop reactionism-which is starting to be a bad thing.

  • johnny rebel

    yes…i needed this..i just wish my boy dilla was still alive..shit..

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  • http://xxlmag.com doctor69

    I have q tips stuck up my butt to clean the cum out.

  • neu sense

    THROW IN SOME 9TH WONDER BEATS PLEASE!!!!9TH DROPS “THE DREAM MERCHANT” 10/16/07 SUPPORT REAL HIP-HOP!!!

  • rayoflight

    thats what the fuck i’m talkin about…the albums gna b fire

  • Greumstylesp

    HipHop Lives !

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  • HH93

    can’t say anything that hasn’t been said already…i’m intrigued to the Nth degree

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  • doctor69

    finally the native toungues return hope they include phife and shaheed on the album even wu thought the tribe was the goat of the hip hop groups now put them on a track with lupe and nas with a primo beat fuck the gay money records buy this album

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  • http://www.myspace.com/lilroebitch Lil Roe

    “The Standard”…..critically Tip and Com Sense will be a success but commercially= FLOP….and BlackStar was a better group…..I’m already claimin that…..Q Tip shoulda just thought about getting back together w/ Phife and Ali Shaheed and THEY should be dropping a comeback joint….

  • Vicious Seiger

    It sounds like a good idea on paper but will this ever come to fruition. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/micaddiction Face

    Blackstar all day on this crew. I doubt this CD ever drops, real talk.

  • Korey

    awwwwwwww shit!

  • Jay_Fever

    Man…these sukkas always do this to us. Talk about some dope ass supergroup comin together only for it to fall flat…first Dr Dre and Timbaland…then Doom And Ghost…then Kanye Lupe, and Pharrel…

    I’ll believe it when I see it man.

  • CHURNTABLIST

    Burn T.D.I Says:

    “This sounds fantastic in theory, but in reality I bet you it’ll be just as disappointing as the KRS and Marley album. Sometimes rapper just need to know when to bow out.”

    Not to knock your so called respect for hip hop history but it seems like you have none. We need to stop holding these artists to such a high standard cause we all know that Q-TIP isn’t gonna get back with Tribe and record another LOW END THEORY or MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS and COMMON isn’t gonna link up with NO Id and do another RESURRECTION. This collabo is long awaited and far overdue. This suggests that HIP HOP IS NOT DEAD.

    • Anubus

      Churntablist come on? you got to be full of
      shit. There is no f*ckin’ way that you can say that the Krs-One/Marley Marl album wasn’t dope…You f*ckin’ kiddin’ me? Check ya ears kid.As for The Standard…Anything
      those cats do at this point would be appreciated.Just look at the state of hip-hop? Mind you, don’t forget that Midnight
      Marauders was the illest hip-hop album ever recorded. Q-Tip was an intricate part of that movement.Don’t blame the artist for
      their shit not being so relevant in these
      times, blame the inspiration. I’m an artist,
      and Im from the south, and I couldn,t be
      more disgusted wit’ these garbage ass Niggaz
      (cuz’ that’s what they act like) fuckin’ up
      our music. I wish I could shoot every last one of they ass in the fuckin’ voicebox.
      Not kill’em, just kill they fuckin’ voice. 1

  • Soul Biz

    Sounds awesome. But them dudes should tap some hungry producers such as Kev Brown, Illmind,S1,Pete rock and Preemo to make it classic. Period

  • MoHzleE

    Oh snap, Com Sense and The Abstract? D.A.M.N….I can’t even comprehend what that is gonna sound like…jus’ when u thought rap wuz outta control…here comes 2 MC’s to save the day

  • http://www.myspace.com/hisd e.classic

    i know its a repost but “OMG IF DILLA WAS ALIVE!!!”

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  • BiG BalBowski

    Finally real hip hop and down with down south(except outkast, scarface and lil wayne)and snap music (especially that D@&% soldier boy crap) hello to real rap LYRICS because the new generation of rappers do not know how to do it and the past generation has to show them how it’s done every time! The Peoples-Low-Midnight Maurader-with beats, rhymes and love which is amplified, meets the Can-I-ressurection-One-Day-with water and chocolate-electrified-be-forever?

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  • the dishwasha (the chi)

    bullshit. A record is a record. A group is a legacy. Ego’s get together and mash out could-be classics then leave us high-and-dry to pursue their own little legends (Blackstar). While the realest shit just keeps on going (De La). This reaks of a gimmicky attempt to breath life into exasperated careers. Just DO ANOTHER BLACKSTAR JOINT feat. Q-Tip, Blackthought, Saul WIlliams, Pos, and the rest of the REAL native tongue spitters (where’s Butterfly!?) with production by Pete, Primo, Rza (I dare u to say he couldn’t mesh), Hi-Tek(ofcourse) 9th, Questlove, Madlib, Ali Shaheed, and some buried Dilla beats noone has blessed properly (R.I.P.), not to mention some live music like Common’s band, The ROOTS! AND the Rhythm Roots Allstars. Fuck it, throw Rakim, KRS, and NAS on a track, It’ll be “classic”… Nike ‘just did it’. HipHop’s Hilarious. On the real, they need to work with Nujabes from Japan. he’s got soul.

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  • yung testkid

    its guna be dooope still
    but they should get few more members
    to avoid conflict

  • http://WIW.COM naomiperez

    Hip Hop has ressurected.

  • http://myspace.com/hazardousmusic Hazardous

    This is dope, J Dilla would be proud. More albums like these needs to happen. People want a quality product.

  • http://XXLMAG DUNFIYA

    IM AN 80s BABY,GREW UP AND LIVE TRUE HIP HOP AND I KNOW THIS AINT GONNA WORK…WE MUST REALIZE WE ARE THE NEW MOTOWN GENERATION,WHAT WE FEELING THE YOUTH AINT FEELING.WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IS OVERSEE A NEW “FRESH HIP HOP STABLE” OF YOUNGINS WITH THE SKILLS OF YESTERDAY.THAT WHAT MAKES “CLASSICS” CLASSICS,WHEN WE CAN POP IN A DISC AND IT TAKES US TO THAT ERA,AND BE IN THAT SPACE.TEMPTATIONS CAME OUT WITH A NEW ALBUM,NOBODY CARES WHEN YOU GOT (NE-YO,112,BEYONCE,B5,PRETTY RICKY)NAHMEAN?

  • http://XXLMAG DUNFIYA

    I MEAN KRS-ONE & MARLEY MARL’S ALBUM WAS FISH GREASE BUT TEENY BOPPERS ATTENTION SPAN AINT GONNA ALLOW THAT.TWO GROWN ASS MEN IN THEIR 30s RAPPIN WITH BUTTON UPS AND SLACKS AINT HOT,HELL EVEN WITH TODAY’S FASHION THEY’LL LOOK 730.LETS NOT FRONT WE WERE’NT GOIN FOR THAT IN THE 90s,REMEMBER BACKPACKS,NAPSACKS,BAGGIES,TOMMY HIL,GUESS,POLO,CROSS COLORS,FLAT TOPS,PARTS,POLKA DOTS,PUMAS,AFRICAN MEDALLIONS,DONT ACT LIKE BLING WASN’T A FACTOR BACK THEN(FOUR FINGER RINGS,DOOR KNOCKERS,HOOP EARRINGS,NUGGET RINGS,GOLD CABLES,HERRING BONES,GOLD FRONTS)TIME TO ACCEPT WE’RE IN A DIFFERENT TIME NOW.

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    dunfiya… i dont remember jay-z ever really wearing that kinad shit and bling in his videos.. and he is like one of richest rappers..

    its about skill and presentation… but not to that extent.

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  • http://xxlmag.com kush

    i wud lyk 2 c common n q tip work on da same project dat wud b sumthing dope 4 us da fans. I can’t wait 2 hear their music

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