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"Vivrant Thing" is the first single released by Q-Tip on his debut solo album Amplified. The song is also featured in A Tribe Called Quest's 1999 compilation The Anthology. It was produced by Q-Tip himself,[2] although Jay Dee was also in the credits (they were a production duo). "Vivrant Thing" became the fourth rap song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot R&B Airplay chart since its 1992 inception. The single also reached number seven on the main Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, with its performance being driven overwhelmingly by airplay due to its lack of domestic availability in any configuration besides 12-inch vinyl.[3]

"Vivrant Thing"
Single by Q-Tip
from the album Violator: The Album and Amplified
ReleasedOctober 5, 1999[1]
FormatCD single
GenreHip hop
Songwriter(s)Fareed, Yancey, White
Producer(s)Q-Tip[2] , Jay Dee
Q-Tip singles chronology
"Get Involved"
"Vivrant Thing"
"Hot Boyz"

The single was a success, charting the Billboard Hot 100 at number 26, making it Q-Tip's highest rated single to date. The beat contains a sample of "I Wanna Stay" by the Love Unlimited Orchestra. The remix features stanzas by rappers Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes.

The song was used as the opening scene on the television series, The Game, in the episode, "The List Episode", on March 30, 2008. The beat was frequently used in the animated series MTV Downtown. It was heard once in the PEN15 episode, "Miranda".


Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Hype Williams.


Chart (1999-2000) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 39
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 26
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[6] 7
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[7] 10
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[8] 15


  1. ^ Q-Tip – Vivrant Thing AllMusic. Accessed on February 10, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Exclusive: Q-Tip Interview Retrieved on 2010-05-26.
  3. ^ Faison, Datu (October 16, 1999). "Datu Faison's Rhythm Section". Billboard. BPI Communications. 111 (42): 28. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  5. ^ "Q-Tip Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Q-Tip Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Q-Tip Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Q-Tip Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.

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