--[if IE 5]> Vignette StoryServer 6.0 Tue Jun 17 22:16:32 2008 Amplified | Music Review | Entertainment Weekly
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Lead Performance: Q-Tip; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

''I got a whole new approach to rhyming,'' this hip-hop innovator claims at the start of his first solo CD. It's no idle boast: While he doesn't always attain the effortless aural ecstasy of his former group, A Tribe Called Quest, you'd be hard pressed to find more creativity on a rap album, from scrambling-for-a-dictionary lyrical flow and jazzbo guitars to Princely studio tricks (he even enlists Korn for some goth-metal flavor). More importantly, Amplified confirms that he can still kick it, even without his ex-bandmates. A-


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