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Rare Joints: A Tribe Called Quest’s Lost Intro x Mos Def

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Back in ’98 I was Hip-Hop Music Director at WTJU in Charlottesville, Virginia. The nondescript position made me privy to treats like an advance copy of A Tribe Called Quest’s then last hurrah, The Love Movement. OG promo man Al Lindstrom had been servicing me with music from Jive Records for a minute so after a few pestering phone calls (e-mail? nah.) he sent me the CD advance, making me that ninja amongst my inner circle of Hip-Hop heads.

The proliferation of MP3 blogs has pretty much deaded proper advances for most major label releases. More often than not, the best you get is a watermarked copy with annoying commentary to discourage bootlegging or worse yet, the corny listening session where every ass kiss journo raves about how this is the album of the year.

The Love Movement “Intro” f/ Mos Def | Mediafire

The point of this inaugural Rare Joints post is that The Love Movement’s advance included the above intro track featuring Mos Def pontificating on the loveliness of ATCQ. The inclusion of the minute and change track probably wouldn’t have made the album’s initially lukewarm reception by fans and critics much better. But to its credit the The Love Movement has aged well in the ATCQ cannon, in no small part due to Jay Dee/J. Dilla’s sonic influence.

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January 22, 2010 - Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News, Rare Joints | , , , , , , , ,

26 Comments »

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  4. nice

    Comment by ESEUNO | January 23, 2010

  5. I think the intro would have imporved the mood and tenor of the album adding a bit of levity to what had proven to be a fairly somber album. In any event props. I remember when treats had to be earned from legitimate hookups and outright treachery. Ah the good old days

    Comment by Odeisel | January 23, 2010

  6. I was at that show in the picture. Great Day with both those reunited groups. Can’t believe I missed Rock the Bells this year. Thanks for the drop.

    Comment by outKasted | January 23, 2010

  7. [...] Says Aqua: Back in ‘98 I was Hip-Hop Music Director at WTJU in Charlottesville, Virginia. The nondescript position made me privy to treats like an advance copy of A Tribe Called Quest’s then last hurrah, The Love Movement. OG promo man Al Lindstrom had been servicing me with music from Jive Records for a minute so after a few pestering phone calls (e-mail? nah.) he sent me the CD advance, making me that ninja amongst my inner circle of Hip-Hop heads. [...]

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  9. [...] Mos Def speaking yiddish on the original Intro that was on The Love Movement advance copy. Aqua explains how he got it. [...]

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  14. [...] Mos Def speaking yiddish on the original Intro that was on The Love Movement advance copy. Aqua explains how he got it. [...]

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  17. [...] Says Aqua: Back in ‘98 I was Hip-Hop Music Director at WTJU in Charlottesville, Virginia. The nondescript position made me privy to treats like an advance copy of A Tribe Called Quest’s then last hurrah,The Love Movement. OG promo man Al Lindstrom had been servicing me with music from Jive Records for a minute so after a few pestering phone calls (e-mail? nah.) he sent me the CD advance, making me that ninja amongst my inner circle of Hip-Hop heads. [...]

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  18. [...] Mos Def speaking yiddish on the original Intro that was on The Love Movement advance copy. Aqua explains how he got it. [...]

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  19. Any idea why the intro got taken off on the final release? Seems like a nice setup to me.

    Comment by J to the AAP | January 25, 2010

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  21. Thanks for sharing this. Agree with you that The Love Movement has aged well with time and might sound better now than when it initially droppped….

    Comment by ian aka @StellasKid | March 13, 2010

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