People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/1996
  • Label: Jive
  • UPC: 012414133113
  • Catalog Number: 41331
  • Sales rank: 13,709

Album Credits

Performance Credits
A Tribe Called Quest Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Ali Shaheed Muhammad DJ
Q-Tip Vocals
Jerobi White Track Performer
Phife Dawg Vocals
Technical Credits
Lou Reed Composer
Roy Ayers Composer
A Tribe Called Quest Composer, Producer
Tim Latham Engineer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad Composer
Bob Power Engineer
Anthony Saunders Engineer
Dr. Shane Faber Engineer
R. Jackson Composer
Jerobi White Composer
Malik Taylor Composer
Michelle Birdsong Composer
Jonathan Davis Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Example of Orignality

    The term alternative rap is something that is constantly being used to describe any act in hip hop that what wasn't following the present trend. ATCQ could have easily fallen into this category but what really happened was the birth of a new level for hip hop that would change how we listen and perceive hip hop even to this day. Instead of following trends they became trend setters introducing the element of jazz to create a sound all of their own. Ask Digable Planets, The Roots or Black Eyed Peas and they will tell you about these originators. This album is a classic. Everything from 'Bonita Applebum' to 'El Segundo' have proven to stand the test of time. After almost 10 years this album is one that fans must purchase to complete any collection of hip hop because of it's diversity and will make you appreciate those who center creativity around originality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEGINING OF SOMETHING FRESH

    When ATCQ dropped this joint, hip hop was getting ready to go to another level. Following in the footsteps of their Native Tongue Brothers' De La Soul & the Jungle Brothers, Tribe dropped a classic debut, help ushering a new movement in hip hop.

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