Classics: Q-Tip – Breathe And Stop (Video Version) (Arista)
“Breathe and Stop, for real and give it what you got, and just uhh. Breathe and Stop, for real and give it what you got. Give it what you got, give it what you got. If you on the block then give it what you got…”
A native of Harlem, NYC Q-Tip first came to prominence as a member of A Tribe Called Quest. This along with school friends Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White. Eventually rappin’ on Deee-Lite‘s memorable ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ back in 1990.
Q-Tip started his solo career on the heels of ATCQ‘s disbanding in 1998. Thus releasing his debut-album – ‘Amplified’ – the year after. Comin’ from the latter, the J Dilla produced ‘Breathe And Stop’, cleverly runs on a blend of excerpts from Kool & The Gang‘s ‘N.T.’ and Emmett Chapman‘s ‘Gypsy’. With the rollin’ over a phat groove, thus standing as one of his signature cuts.