Amplified is the debut solo album of American hip hop artist Q-Tip, released November 23, 1999, on Arista Records. The album was recorded following the dissolution of Q-Tip's former group, A Tribe Called Quest. Production was primarily handled by Q-Tip and J Dilla, who had previously produced for A Tribe Called Quest. Q-Tip's lyrics throughout the album feature boasts, playful seduction raps, and abstract lyricism.
Recorded after the dissolution of Q-Tip's former group, A Tribe Called Quest, the album was produced primarily by Q-Tip and Jay Dee, who had previously collaborated for production on A Tribe Called Quest's two last albums. The majority of the beats were initiated by Jay Dee with Q-Tip adding some final touches to it; “When we would work together, he would have it, like, 75 percent there and I would add a kick or bass line".
Colin Ross of PopMatters writes of the album's music, "Amplified's content is very much a vibe-orientated affair. Infectious hooks, Jay Dee's trademark keys, and some seriously funky beats all work to create a captivating soundscape upon which Q-Tip drops his traditionally abstract rhymes".Jon Pareles of The New York Times notes Q-Tip's lyrics as typified by boasts and playful seduction raps.
Sampling information for Amplified adapted from The-Breaks.
"Breathe and Stop" contains samples from "By Myself" by Urszula Dudziak (from the 1979 album "Future Talk"), "N.T." by Kool & The Gang (from the 1972 album "Live at P.J.'s") and "Gypsy" by Emmett Chapman (from the 1985 album "Parallel Galaxy")
"Higher" contains a sample from "Wonderin'" by Roy Haynes
"Let's Ride" contains samples from "Giant Steps" by Joe Pass (from the 1976 album "Virtuoso #2"), "UFO" by ESG (from the 1981 album "ESG") and "The Humpty Dump" by The Vibrettes