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Anthology Best of

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 26 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000JJMK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Check The Rhime
2. Bonita Applebum
3. Award Tour
4. Can I Kick It?
5. Scenario
6. Buggin' Out
7. If The Papes Come
8. Electric Relaxation
9. Jazz (We've Got)
10. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
11. Hot Sex
12. Oh My God
13. Stressed Out
14. Luck Of Lucien
15. Description Of A Fool
16. Keeping It Moving
17. Find A Way
18. Sucka N***a
19. Vivrant Thing

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In their decade of existence, A Tribe Called Quest weren't rap's biggest hit makers, but their signature numbers indeed fill this CD with style, eclecticism, and laid-back but deliberate flow; indeed, the group's stature seems to have grown since its 1998 breakup. The continued importance of their music and ideals for many hip-hop fans will only be enhanced by Anthology's 18 tracks (Q-Tip's recent hit "Vivrant Thing," from the Violator album is a bonus track). Those unfamiliar with Tribe's achievement should have their heads and booties set into motion by the fellas' many moods, from the playful "Check the Rhime" and "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" to trenchant commentaries such as "Description of a Fool" and "Sucka Nigga." And with its inclusion here, the somewhat rare and all-the-way out "If the Papes Come" will doubtless reestablish itself as an underground favorite. --Rickey Wright

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Format: Audio CD
There is a whole generation out there full of people who just barely missed out on the evolution of rap music into what it is today. These are guys who weren't alive when hip-hop was born. These poor souls were still trying to master the alphabet when Run-D.M.C. started raising hell in '86. The only reason these kids even recognize artists like Grandmaster Flash or Kurtis Blow is from playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Just think of the thousands of rap listeners around the world who know nothing of the very foundation of what they now hear on the radio.
It is a tragedy, but one that can be rectified, starting with an introduction to the rhythm that has been eagerly waiting for you at the end of that dark tunnel. However, since you are a little behind, your Quest should begin... well... at the end. Not unlike the Cliff�s Notes version of Crime and Punishment, Anthology is an abbreviated guide through masterful art. As a sort of microcosm of this notion, I will now do my best to tell you everything that you need to know before buying this album.
Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (MC, MC, DJ respectively) are the primary members of A Tribe Called Quest. They are responsible for an extremely successful discography of jazz-rap that, along with the work of De La Soul, brought Afrika Bambaataa's Zulu Nation back into the spotlight.
A Tribe Called Quest stands as one of the most innovative hip-hop groups in history. To the naked ear, the Tribe's music just sounds like a couple guys freestylin' over a simple bass line. After subsequent listens, however, their music reveals incredibly smart rhymes that actually flow with the beats magnificently. In turn, they take the songs to a whole new level.
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When I first listen to their song "Find A Way" from various sources, I knew that I want to know more about the group. Unfortunetly, afterwards, the group broke up, and my knowledge and care for 'A Tribe Called Quest' is limited. After years of hesitation, I finally got their Anthology album. Why was I hesitant for this achieving hip-hop album?
ATCQ Anthology album is what I got to know more about the bio and discog of this uptown posse that compose of Phife, Ali, and the well-known solo artist, Q-tip. This album has a some good hits from their past albums, some even better than "Find a Way": "Scenario", "Electric Relaxation", "Jazz (We've Got)", and my now-personal favorite, "Bonita Applegum". I don't what to think of that song, it's just so enganging and giddy, even saying the dang title makes me blush. What I don't like in Anthology is when I realized that most of the tracks I like are 3-4 minutes long, and though it's not a bad thing, I prefer to have the songs a little longer.
There are a few uninspiring tracks in Anthology. "Hot Sex" is short and rushed, I didn't get the latin feel in "I Left My Wallet In El Segundo", and don't get me started with "Vivrant Thing", that poor excuse of a commercial hit.
Anyway, the ATCQ Anthology is a 5-star, genuine, hip-hop 'greatest hits' album that'll appeal to a lot of the ol' school purists and the new generation alike, but because of the uninspiring tracks, I wouldn't say it's perfect. But hey, nothing's perfect. Get the album, dog, you'll flip for this shizzle.
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By A Customer on Dec 18 2001
Format: Audio CD
When I bought this album (in Australia) I had never heard of Tribe, but I immediately fell in love with their music. This album single-handedly got me onto the entire hip-hop scene, and I now own every Tribe album there is. I just wanted to say that as good as the actual anthology CD is, it really is worth getting the Aussie version, because the seven remixes just add a certain amount of extra class. The 'Vampire mix' of 'El Segundo' is better than the original, and the 'UK Flavour mix' of 'Oh My God' is one of Tribe's best. The 'Extended Boilerhouse mix' of 'Can I kick it' also adds some serious kick to the track. The bonus disc also has a couple of decent Bonita Applebum mixes, a mix of scenario (which shouldn't have been touched, it was already perfect) and a mix of Pubic enemy. well worth the extra cost.
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By miggy500 on Dec 14 2010
Format: Audio CD
If you like 'A Tribe Called Quest' or even a few of there songs...then this is the CD to get. They're a unique band so not everyone will like them (but if you're reading this then you likely enjoy them at least a little).
So...for any of the following reasons, you should get this CD.
If you:
- love their music
- don't have all the songs
- want better quality versions of the songs you've downloaded
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Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
ATCQ was around for long enough that any fan of hip hop should be able to name a few of their songs. So their music stands on its own.

I bought the compilation on vinyl because I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars buying each album. It was a wise decision.
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