The final lecture of Red Bull Music Academy NYC 2013 took place last Friday and featured none other than the Abstract Poetic himself, Q-Tip on the couch. I was fortunate enough to have moderated. If you watch the lecture video below anticipating an in-depth discussion of the history of A Tribe Called Quest, you’ve come to the wrong place (FYI there’s a film you may wanna check out that has that subject well-covered). However, if you’re interested in Q-Tip’s career as one of hip-hop’s most important producers – how making pause tapes inspired his early beat-making forays, the inventive use of dynamics on People’s Instinctive Paths, how N.W.A inspired Low End Theory and exactly where he chopped that Art Blakey bassline for “Excursions,” why 3-bar loops (“Electric Relaxation,” “Lyrics To Go,” “Gettin’ Up”) are special, how Preemo’s unreleased OG version of Nas’ “Memory Lane” inspired “One Love,” how he translated Mobb Deep’s dun language during The Infamous sessions, why recording Amplified with J Dilla remain some of his fondest memories, the process of flipping Billy Joel samples for Kanye in Hawaii, and how his self-described “kindergarten”-level musicianship has augmented his creativity – you’re really, really, really in luck. Also: the best KRS-One impersonation you will ever hear from a rapper whose house just burned down. Enjoy!