Gettin' Up


About Gettin' Up

“Gettin' Up” is a song by American hip hop recording artist Q-Tip, released as the lead single from his album The Renaissance. The music video was directed by Ben Dickinson, produced by Karen Lin and edited by D. J Sing. It was the free music video of the week November 18–25 on iTunes. The song peaked at #7 on Billboard's Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and features a sample from Black Ivory's “You And I”. The track also received a UK release on December 1, 2008. The official remix features a guest verse from fellow American rapper Eve and production by Swizz Beatz. The remix samples Puff Daddy's "It's All about the Benjamins". A second remix, produced by DJ Scratch, features Busta Rhymes and appears on his collaborative mixtape with Q-Tip, The Abstract and the Dragon. 


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Sent you a message, sent you an email
Hasty decisions we made still prevail
Both needed breaks, we both needed to bail
Walking through the corridors of my mind
The hideaways and nooks, and things with good times
Memories certainly yes they still bind
Still a common man and yeah that's for sure
Still a bankroll and yeah still couture
But man this thing we had was much more
Come back home, don't be out in the world
It's a rat race and no place for a girl
Amongst the scavengers,I found a pretty pearl
It's for the faint of heart who never get enough
Gotta get tough, buckle em up, we calling guts
And we, and we and we ahhh

We gotta gettin up
We gotta gettin up
Today is nice come on we gettin up
Said we gettin up
Said we gettin up
Tonite is right come on we gettin up
Said we gettin up
Said we gettin up

Come over here baby, don't look so grumpy
This kind of lifestyle could be so comfy
We can start a clan just like the Kennedy's
You and I advance, certainly we can expand
Feelings that should never end
And you respect me like a friend
But love me like your man
No other could contend
Or we could be like Doves exposed 2 history
Like staying with each other with truth and chivalry
The things we go thru they shape our identity
Yes pretty let's do this all nite
Consummate this thing and make it alright
And when we cuddle up, I promise that I'll bite

We gotta gettin up
We gotta gettin up
Today is nice come on we gettin up
Said we gettin up
Said we gettin up
Tonite is right come on we gettin up
Said we gettin up
Said we gettin up

I like to watch everybody gravitate towards you
Your magnetic presences make them come thru
The same way you got them you got me too
Now look at our lives so colorful
A wonderful spectrum, not 1 tone dull
Full of excitement and not 1 lull
See we had an understanding, oh yes we did
I'm bringing it back, I'm puttin in my bid
Have a couple of kids, have a couple of cribs
We like Ruby Dee and Ossie, Martin and Coretta
Doin it to death, no one can do it better
When we leave our physical our sprits still together
Come on now, here's a placement for your hand
You rockin with the #1 MC man
The #1 controller of right with the plan

We gotta gettin up
We gotta gettin up
Today is nice come on we gettin up
Said we gettin up
Said we gettin up
Tonite is right come on we gettin up
Said we gettin up
Said we gettin up

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Kamaal Ibn John Fareed (born Jonathan Davis on April 10, 1970), better known by his stage name Q-Tip, is an American hip hop artist from St. Albans, Queens, New York, part of the critically acclaimed group A Tribe Called Quest. John Bush of Allmusic called him "the best rapper/producer in hip-hop history," while editors of placed him on their list of the Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers, as well as placing him on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007). In 2012, The Source ranked him #20 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. more »

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11 facts about this song

Album and Release Date
"Gettin' Up" is a single from Q-Tip's solo album 'The Renaissance' which was released on July 15, 2008.
Commercial Success
Upon its release, the song peaked at number 77 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Music Production
Q-Tip himself produced the track, showing his skills not only as a rapper but also as a producer.
Music Video
The black and white music video for "Gettin' Up" was directed by Ben Dickinson. It features Q-Tip in various locations in New York City and includes an homage to the movie "Do the Right Thing."
Genre Influence
The song contains elements of jazz and soul music, hinting at Q-Tip's diverse musical influences.
Positive Reviews
The song received positive reviews from music critics with many praising its lyrical themes and Q-Tip's matured sound.
Sample Used
The song samples "You and Music" from late legendary soul singer, Donny Hathaway.
Evolution of Q-Tip
This song represents the evolution of Q-Tip's style and sound from his A Tribe Called Quest roots to his solo work.
Lyrical Themes
The song's lyrics revolve around the recycled theme of love and relationships, with Q-Tip using his poetic style to add a fresh perspective.
Stand Out Single
"Gettin' Up" was one of the stand-out singles from 'The Renaissance', pairing Q-Tip's distinctive flow with a grooving, catchy beat.
Album Recognition
'The Renaissance' album, which features "Gettin' Up," was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards.

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