People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm [25th Anniversary Edition]

People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm [25th Anniversary Edition]

by A Tribe Called QuestA Tribe Called Quest

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One year after De la Soul re-drew the map for alternative rap, fellow Native Tongues brothers A Tribe Called Quest released their debut, the quiet beginning of a revolution in non-commercial hip-hop. People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm floated a few familiar hooks, but it wasn't a sampladelic record. Rappers Q-Tip and Phife Dawg dropped a few clunky rhymes, but their lyrics were packed with ideas, while their flow and interplay were among the most original in hip-hop. From the beginning, Tribe focused on intelligent message tracks but rarely sounded over-serious about them. With "Pubic Enemy," they put a humorous spin on the touchy subject of venereal disease (including a special award for the most inventive use of the classic "scratchin'" sample), and moved right into a love rap, "Bonita Applebum," which alternated a sitar sample with the type of jazzy keys often heard on later Tribe tracks. "Description of a Fool" took to task those with violent tendencies, while "Youthful Expression" spoke wisely of the power yet growing responsibility of teenagers. Next to important message tracks with great productions, A Tribe Called Quest could also be deliciously playful (or frustratingly unserious, depending on your opinion). "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" describes a vacation gone hilariously wrong, while "Ham 'n' Eggs" may be the oddest topic for a rap track ever heard up to that point ("I don't eat no ham and eggs, cuz they're high in cholesterol"). Contrary to the message in the track titles, the opener "Push It Along" and "Rhythm (Dedicated to the Art of Moving Butts)" were fusions of atmospheric samples with tough beats, special attention being paid to a pair of later Tribe sample favorites, jazz guitar and '70s fusion synth. Restless and ceaselessly imaginative, Tribe perhaps experimented too much on their debut, but they succeeded at much of it, certainly enough to show much promise as a new decade dawned. [A newly-remastered 25th Anniversary Edition added three bonus tracks: a Cee-Lo Green remix of "Footprints," a Pharrell Williams remix of "Bonita Applebum," and a J. Cole remix of "Can I Kick It?"]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2015
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888751578524
catalogNumber: 515785
Rank: 26202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tribe Called Quest   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Roy Ayers   Composer
Edwin Birdsong   Composer
Ray Jackson   Composer
Walter Booker   Composer
Tribe Called Quest   Producer,Reissue Producer
Harry Allen   Liner Notes
William Allen   Composer
George Clinton   Composer
Tim Latham   Engineer
Larry Mizell   Composer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Composer
Bob Power   Engineer,Reissue Producer
Anthony Saunders   Engineer
Garry Shider   Composer
Charles Stepney   Composer
Hiromasa Suzuki   Composer
Grover Washington   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Shane Faber   Engineer
Sigidi Abdullah   Composer
Michelle Birdsong   Composer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Alice Butts   Art Direction
Thomas Callaway   Composer
ATCQ   Executive Producer
Cardell Mosson   Composer
James Nyx   Composer
Bradley Ridgell   Composer
Bryant Peters   Illustrations
Justin Herz   Image Manipulation
Paije Hunyady   Illustrations

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