Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip Join Forces Again for New Mixtape

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Busta Rhymes has been through plenty of incarnations through his 20-plus year career. But, for now, he’s back on his old-school grind.

Though he’s signed to the distinctly new-school Young Money/Cash Money, the rapper is prepped to release a sequel to his 1998 record, E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front, coming next year.

Earlier this month, Busta previewed “Thank You,” a cut from the forthcoming sequel featuring YMCMB heads Lil Wayne and Birdman with a verse from A Tribe Called Quest‘s Q-Tip. Busta, of course, famously appeared together on Tribe’s landmark posse cut “Scenario,” which he performed earlier this week alongside a reunited A Tribe Called Quest at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as part of Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour.

Now Busta and Q-Tip’s careers become further intertwined with the announcement of the mixtape The Abstract and the Dragon, Busta Rhymes revealed Thursday (Nov. 21) on his Twitter. The title, of course, is a reference to both rappers’ past albums/pseudonyms of sorts.

The mixtape is set for release Dec. 12. Its cover art features Watchmen graphic novel anti-hero Rorschach. And if it’s anything like “Thank You,” it’ll feature plenty of clamoring, stuttering, boom-bap sounds from the ’90s.

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