”Excursions” is a song that sets the theme for the rest of the record, and arguably the group’s career. Within the song’s first few lines, Q-Tip recalls words from his father who likened the improvisational nature of jazz’s bebop to hip-hop’s freedom-filled sonic structure. The song sets the central thesis for the album of Afrocentric content delivered with witty lyricism over minimalist jazz grooves.
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