Review of Thank You by Busta Rhymes ft Q-Tip, Kanye West and Lil Wayne
When I first heard this track, I thought I was imagining things. Was it two of Hip Hop’s great performing on a track together? No I am not talking of the latter two collaborators Kanye West and Lil Wayne, but two of Hip Hop’s finest Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip. The years have rolled on and they may not have been particularly kind to Busta’s waistline, but that don’t amount to anything, both Busta and Q-Tip sound as fresh now as they did back in the day.
Thank You and the video opens with the essence of a blockbuster movie. The big sound, basic dirty beats and the split screen video. To say Thank You features three artists however, is a little bit of a scam – Lil Wayne and Kanye West have cameos at best. Lil Wayne has basically no place in the track and it wouldn’t be any less of a recording if he wasn’t there. Kanye comes in after a change of pace and a retro soul/disco type voice kicks in. You think Kanye will burst in to some rhymes and then he ends, never to be seen again (if only that were true). Needless to say the two current performers were used to get views and to kick sales. For me, they are not needed.
So putting that little bit of criticism to one side what about the rest? Busta Rhymes gruff style is instantly recognisable as he opens the rapping. Never really breaking in to his speed rapping, in the opening bars or even throughout. Q-Tip interjects with his more smooth delivery breaking it all up. If you were to hear the backing track in isolation you would think it was too big for Q-Tip‘s voice, but don’t you believe it. Q-Tip lifts above it as only he can.
Midway through the track, following the Kanye bit, the main characters work brilliantly together. Busta drives too many rhymes home without taking a breath, but still not in full gear for him. Yet Q-Tip just tops it. The pace is good, the sound is quality and it all just works together. It is unmistakably a track that has been composed for commercial success, in terms of the female vocal added, Busta slowing it all down a bit and the collaborators.
It is Busta’s track and the boy does deliver his rhymes with much aplomb, however for me, it is Q-Tip that steals the show. We really need to hear more of him in 2014. Thank You is a good track that is made with radio play in mind. With the lack of decent urban music channels in the UK, it is doubtful this will be a big hit. But make no mistake this is quality and you need to take note and listen to it. Busta Rhymes is back and Q-Tip does nothing but enhance is legend status. As for Lil Wayne and Kanye West? My mummy always said if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.