|1. Phony Rappers|
|2. Get A Hold|
|6. The Pressure|
|7. 1nce Again|
|8. Mind Power|
|9. The Hop|
|10. Keeping It Moving|
|11. Baby Phife's Return|
|12. Separate/ Together|
|13. What Really Goes On|
|14. Word Play|
|15. Stressed Out|
This may not be their best, but it's still an excellent album. The wordplay between Phife, and Q-Tip was still almost telepathic, and while the feel of easiness was gone, song to song was not a difficult listen. There was also extremely pure reminders of why Quest was so loved in the first place (ie "The Jam", and "1nce Again") Those songs rank among the best of anything in their catalog. Songs like: "Phony Rappers"(an excellent battle rap) "Get A Hold", "Motivators", "What Really Goes On, and "Word Play" represent some of the best work in their post zenith period. This album also showcases some of the best work of The Ummah production unit, which consisted of Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jay-Dee.Read more ›
By the time this came out, hip hop was changing a bit. You'll notice that the jazz influence was really non-existent on this one. This has a lot more upbeat, party beats to it; which isn't to say that's bad, but to say that it doesn't seem like the Tribe I grew up on.
Still, Phife and Qtip's lyrics were still solid. One major complaint is the new guy, Consequence, who really doesn't seem to fit in. It was a bad idea; I'm not sure what they were thinking.
Still, this is a decent Tribe release. It's far from their best but still better than most. This was it for them (if you don't count the horrendous Love Movement); the end of an era.
1. Phony Rappers (3:35) - A sweet track about Q-Tip and Phife throwing it down on the streets for a few nonbelievers. The clever rhymes and a thick, fuzzy bassline provide for an excellent opener.
2. Get A Hold (3:56) - This is a dark, bassed out track that's not as good as Phony Rappers. I could take or leave this one.
3. Motivators (3:20) - A great song. Phife describes it much better than I ever could- "This hear groove was made for vintage freestylin'/feelin like I'm chillin' on the Caribbean Islands."
4. Jam (4:38) - This is one of my favorite tracks of the album. It's the perfect song to put on when you're done with school or work for the week and you just want to bust out for the weekend. Good stuff.
5. Crew (1:58) - Greatly divergent from Jam, Crew is a frustrated song laced with a dark, cloudy organ and a diatribe from Tip.
6. The Pressure (3:02) - Yet another gloomy song, but it's much better than Crew. There is some kickin' scratching/sampling in the beginning that pumps me up.
7. 1nce Again (3:49) - A smooth number with some nice female vocals and a wicked bassline.
8. Mind Power (3:55) - Tip sums this one up perfectly in the opening seconds of the song..."Mmmmm, so funky."
9. The Hop (3:27) - The Hop is a flowing, jazzy song with a catchy refrain that will make you do the hop.
10. Keeping It Moving (3:38) - This is my other favorite of the album. This track is ridiculously tight.Read more ›