Beats, Rhymes And Life Import
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Tribe's fourth album, Beats, Rhymes, and Life, should be the awkward one, the album on which the group, growing up, falters a little as it figures out what it's going to do next. It isn't. Marked by a number of changes, both internally (this is the album on which the Ummah production crew takes over, and it also marks Q-Tip's new religious faith) and externally (by 1996 Quest's jazzy approach to hip-hop had fallen out of popular favor), Beats finds Tribe taking it as it comes and handling all of the challenges with flair. It's a slower, steadier album than either People's Instinctive Travels or The Low End Theory, but that's a description, not a complaint; rather, it gives you plenty of time to enjoy jams like "1nce Again." It doesn't hurt that Q-Tip and Phife Dog are feeling the flow here; an inspired pairing with distinctive voices and different strengths, they trade verses with fluid grace. --Randy Silver
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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 ›
The production on this album strikes an excellent balance, and the overall pace of the album is even more deliberately measured than that of Midnight, which was almost a fluke of a perfect album. There are discordant keyboards on joints like Phony Rappers and Separate/Together, then the tight jams of the horribly underrated Get a Hold and the hint of what is yet to come, Keeping it Moving. Most of the songs retain a crucial jazz element of the earlier work combined with a hint of the futuristic sterility of the Love Movement, but this middle ground, combined with the unhurried brilliance of the lyrical work, makes it my favorite tribe album.
Instead of being a great rap album like the one before it, Beats Rhymes and Life is a great Tribe album. It takes time to understand it but it fits perfectly in its place in the Tribe canon and in the mid 90s, when hip hop was just about to start killing itself.
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 ›
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This album was the beginning of the end for A Tribe. They'd produced some of the genre's greatest albums in the early 90s. Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by T. Snyder
A lot of people said Tribe fell off with this album. I strongly disagree with that assessment. The sound is a little different because production is handled by the Ummah, but the... Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by Keith Witherspoon
listen..."Peoples Instinctive Travels...", Low End.." and "Midnight.." are all brilliant..The production was fascinating and original, cementing ATCQ as an extremely original... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003 by vinnie_paz
to give you a general idea of the hip hop artists first inspired me-MF Doom, Eligh, Buck 65, Zion I, and Sole.... Read morePublished on June 19 2003 by Marx
You thought Shock and Awe went down in Iraq. That was nothing compared to my expression after reading these less than 5 star reviews for this album. Read morePublished on June 3 2003 by Matt Tedeschi
A tribe called quest is the greatest rap group of all time. This is Tribe's fourth cd and also their fourth best cd. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003 by Nick Garcia
This is an excellent album to listen to when you're in your car for an extended amount of time and you can listen to the whole thing at once. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2003 by BookMania
I got this around when i was in my early teens , now 20 , i really like how Hip Hop evolved until now though (2003) , i noticed a change around 99' with poof duddy and the ''dirty... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2002 by nikkie