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Peoples' Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm

4.8 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 11 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada - Distribution
  • ASIN: B0000004WA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Push It Along
2. Luck Of Lucien
3. After Hours
4. Footprints
5. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
6. Public Enemy
7. Bonita Applebum
8. Can I Kick It?
9. Youthful Expression
10. Rhythm (Devoted To The Art Of Moving Butts)
11. Mr. Muhammad
12. Ham 'N' Eggs
13. Go Ahead In The Rain
14. Description Of A Fool

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People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm is, quite simply, one of the finest albums in hip-hop. It's easy to argue that A Tribe Called Quest reached their zenith on this, their debut album: though they went on to produce another world-class disc (The Low End Theory) and broadened their palates and their consciousness, never again were they quite this naturally free and easy. Q-Tip and Phife's delivery is deceptively simple, flowing like wine and tasting like candy, and Jairobi adds some contrast. The music, so self-assured that it never raises its voice to make a spectacle, follows suit. Four albums later, on their last tour, songs from Paths of Rhythm still were at the top of the set list. --Randy Silver

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I bought tapes and then graduated to CD's, always ignoring viinyl. But for some unknown reason, without a record player in my possession as yet, I've decided to start investing in vinyl. The first vinyl I wanted to purchase had to be a undeniable classic. I chose ATCQ's freshman effort. From a purely subjective perspective this album is perfection. Over 20 years later and I can still listen to each track off this album and be taken to a place no other artistic offering has been able to except for Illmatic. This album is more than just beats and rhymes, it is four young men coming together and embodying a genuine hip hop expression in musical form that you can either identify with or you can't. This review is not to convince you to purchase this album, it is to convey to you how this album has touched me since I first purchased it on tape some 20 odd years ago and how to this day it is even better than when I first heard it. This album transcends hip hop, it takes you on a musical journey you don't ever want to end.
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Format: Audio CD
ATACQ are one of the most underrated artists over here in Australia. The only cuts of theirs that ever get played on TV are "Can I Kick It" and some of their stuff from their last album. This album really proves that they were among the best groups of the early 90s.
The opening track "Push It Along" really sets the mood for the rest of the album. Q-Tip's flow is understated to say the least and he's able to drop in some of the most incredible lines of poetry at any time. The track may be a bit down-tempo (this is jazz-rap we're talking about though) but by the end of it, most listeners will be calling out the chorus.
"Luck Of Lucien" is another classic. The lyrics are moulded to the beat in a way that only the top MCs can do and the entire storyline - yes, it is a story - is superbly done.
The other standouts here are "Bonita Applebum" (which of course provided the Fugees with the guitar thing for "Killing Me Softly"), "I Left My Wallet In El Segundo" (possibly one of the funniest stories ever committed to album) and "Can I Kick It".
"Can I Kick It" allays any doubts that the listener might have that they're listening to two of the best MCs going around. Both Phife and Tip deliver stellar verses with some of the best rhymes around.
There seems to be no way to fault this album - possibly it might pale into comparison with "Low End Theory", but I haven't bought that one yet. So far, well worth whatever you have to pay for it.
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Format: Audio CD
This album is easily on the top 50 list of best rap albums of all time. The best thing about that is that it's not even Tribe's best album. The only better debut in hip-hop history is De La Soul's "3 Feet High and Rising".
The intro to the first track, "Push It Along", immediately lets the listener know that this is not your average rap album. It's also not your average Tribe album. This is the only record that has Tribe as a whole. Jarobi's interludes are the only evidence that A Tribe Called Quest actually has (had) four members. The interludes also add an extra and unique quality to the album. They make it seem to be somewhat of a "concept album".
Overall, the reason this album is so good is Q-Tip. He shines on every song. His flow is fantastic and his voice is at its most innocent. This album is also the best example of his and Tribe's good-naturedness and playfulness. From "Luck of Lucien" to "Ham and Eggs", the flat-out bizarre style of story-telling is a welcome addition to the hip-hop community.
Phife's contribution to this album is a lot smaller than it is on future releases, but, in a way, makes his parts better. "Can I Kick It" in particular shows how well he compliments the crew. The back-and-forth flow between him and Q-Tip on "Ham and Eggs" is also a good example of this.
Also a key feature to this album is Ali's scratching technique. Although some of his later productions are better, these are pretty damn good, and the inclusion of his scratching makes them better.
Included on this disc are two bonus tracks that are every bit as worthy of bein on this album as any of the other ones on it.
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Quite possibly the finest album in hip hop history. When Tribe came onto the scene in the late 80's, no one in hip hop were the using the type of beats they employed. By mixing jazz and smooth R & B, they created a totally original and innovative sound that still sounds fresh ten years later. Q-Tip is the best MC in the business and has a voice as sweet as honey. He and Phife mesh perfectly together. There is not a bad song on the album and standouts include "Push It Along", "Luck Of Lucien" & "Can I Kick It?". Tribe preach a message of positivity and pride in yourself and your culture. This album was a breath of fresh air amid all the negative vibes and anger that was coming from the hip hop community at the time. This album has stood the test of time and nothing that has come along in hip hop has yet to match it. This is not only a hip hop masterpiece, but a musical masterpiece and it can be compared with the greats of any genre.
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