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Beats Rhymes & Life

A Tribe Called QuestAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Phony RappersA Tribe Called Quest 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Get A HoldA Tribe Called Quest 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. MotivatorsA Tribe Called Quest 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The JamA Tribe Called Quest 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. CrewA Tribe Called Quest 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The PressureA Tribe Called Quest 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 1nce Again (Radio Version)A Tribe Called Quest feat. Tammy Lucas 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mind PowerA Tribe Called Quest 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The HopA Tribe Called Quest 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Keeping It MovingA Tribe Called Quest 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Baby Phife's ReturnA Tribe Called Quest 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Separate/TogetherA Tribe Called Quest 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. What Really Goes OnA Tribe Called Quest 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Word PlayA Tribe Called Quest 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Stressed Out (LP Version)A Tribe Called Quest featuring Faith Evans 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Beats Rhymes & Life + Midnight Marauders + The Low End Theory
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 30, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B00000053T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, From Start to Finish. November 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Excuse me, but what LP have all you so-called hip hop fans been listening to? "Tribe really fell off" is a favorite catchphrase people have using since this was released in 1996 and I still don't get it! "Beats, Rhymes and Life" is the most perfect album these gents have ever crafted and stands as a true classic in any genre. Tribes first 3 albums have been elevated to classic status because they all were released in quick succession, but after a 3 1/2 year lay off, the group lost some of it's core audience and the narrow-minded, fickle people who call themselves true hip hop 'heads' jumped on the "let's bash Tribe" bandwagon and deemed this album wack. What a terrible mistake! From the bangin' opener "Phony Rappers" this is a new, refreshed and mature Tribe and over the course of 15 tracks, Q-Tip, Phife and Shaheed top themselves over and over again. My personal faves from this album change every week (currently it's "Jam" featuring some of the best drums EVER to appear on a tribe album) so I won't single out any tracks, I will merely say this album can be listened to from start to finish without ever hitting skip/forward on your CD player. Special Musical Note: This CD gets special love from me for giving a much deserved shout-out to the then recently deceased Phyllis Hyman (on "Baby Phifes Return"). Ignore the naysayers, "B R & L" is a stunning achievement. Worth Owning.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get a Hold on Hip Hip October 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I believe this was the last true Tribe album. The Love Movement didn't exactly seem like the way they should go out to me. This album reminds me of high school and being down the shore. I can't even explain to you the way I used to zone out to "Get a Hold", an overlooked track on this album. The rhymes are slick, as is to be expected from Q and Phife - and the tracks are all soulful and creatively constructed. 1nce Again was the single off this album and it really captured the Tribe sound as it had developed over time.

A solid effort from one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes & Life April 2, 2006
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Format:Audio CD
A Tribe Called Quest's (Q-Tip, Phife, Ali Shaheed Muhammad) fourth album was "Beats, Rhymes & Life" (1996). Following the release of three albums I consider classics ATCQ dropped this solid fifteen-track release after a three-year hiatus. Jay Dee (R.I.P.) teamed up with Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhamammad for "The Ummah" and helped with production on this release. My favourite track on this one is "Stressed Out", ATCQ and Faith Evans collaborate for an outstanding track. Faith Evans really impressed me on this cut, her soulful singing is excellent. Backed by some sick production ATCQ shine on cuts like "Jam", "1nce Again" and "What Really Goes On". Overall their is a notable change in production (more hard, less upbeat) and lyrics, less Jazz oriented cuts (the type I love), and more serious lyrics in my opinion. I don't consider "Beats, Rhymes & Life" to be among ATCQ's best work, it does however have some memorable moments, and some impressive production, which makes it a keeper for any big ATCQ fan. A Tribe Called Quest 1988-1998.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dillas Beats Re-define hip-hop April 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've been told from many sources that this album and the love movement were produced nearly 98% percent by Dilla. With another 2% of it overseen and executive produced by Tip and Ali. It Makes perfect sense because it sounds nothing like the first 3 albums. And if you know your production at all, this sounds like 100% Dilla, and if you can't hear him, I judge your knowledge of rap production. The drums are unmistakable, and the background ambience and detail is exactly the sounds that he utilized to re-define hip hop in the late 90's and early 00's. Listen to this, then to Commons LWFC, His tracks with the roots, and his other stones throw productions. Unmistakeable if you ask me, and the sooner you figure this out, the sooner you realize how much of a genius Tip was for discovering this cat and giving him the full creative power to do what he does best, and how much of a time capsule this album really is. BTW, did I mention the rhymes are incredible?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars for Influence July 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I would have given this album 2 1/2 stars in 1996, and been happy about it. I remember it vividly. It was July, and I was jonesing for the Quest to follow up to their masterpiece "Midnight Marauders" released a little less than three years earlier. I stepped into the store on cloud 9, and returned home as quickly as I could to pop this in......and what I got was about an hour of disappointment. I just wasn't prepared for this kind of shift. This album was nowhere near as beautiful as any of their previous work. I held them to such a high standard, that anything less than astonishment was unacceptable. This was a dense, nuanced album, that showed that the mid 90's Quest was not the early 90's Quest. It's bass heavy, linear production resembles some of the things to come a few years later from second wave alterna-rap juggernauts, The Roots, and Common.

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-peak 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.

The album closes with "Stressed Out" a surprising collaboration with Faith Evans that doesn't elate or disappoint (the album version would later be outdone by an excellent maxi featuring remixes by Bjork, and so on).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribe the way it should be
I've always been a big fan of the tribe, and it always sounded like it should have been playing on a turntable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Euripidou
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the album but it was defective
The vinyl was warped and did not play right so I returned it and have not heard anything yet. Hope. I get a refund soon . It's been about 2 weeks since I returned it
Published 3 months ago by Juan Yescas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album by a great group
This is a really great album and probably one of the best by A Tribe Called Quest. It has their trademark smooth style and flow with a much darker theme and subject matter than... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brendon Carlton
5.0 out of 5 stars kenji
I like it man , its was a great deal. I wish I could find more things I like on this thing.
Published 10 months ago by Kenji Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Hip-Hop's finest
This trio (2-mic pioneers along with their DJ) was one of the most lyrically gifted in the music genre of Hip-Hop, they are truly missed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Marcus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
They shipped this cd extremly fast it got here before it was even supposed to.No complaints what so ever Look forward to more purcheses.
Published 15 months ago by chris
4.0 out of 5 stars 1996: The rise of J-Dilla & the end of Tribe. For GOOD!!
1996 was a good year for J Dilla in hip-hop. He produced acts such as The Pharcyde, Mad Skillz, Keith Murray, Busta Rhymes, and De La Soul. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eric D. Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great album
ATCQ has another great album here with some fantastic songs with great replayability. I can't say I like ALL the songs but the ones that I do like, I like A LOT!
Published 20 months ago by Matt Shepley
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm tired of this album getting slept on!!!
This album is TIGHT. Don't believe all the hip-hop historians that are dismissive of this record. I've always felt that Tribe had 4 classic albums: People's Instinctive Travels... Read more
Published on November 22, 2011 by Cornelius DeMarcus
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE WORK OF ART!!
Incredible album from beginning to end. My most personal favorite track that I believe stands out is "Word Play" what an amazing song. Read more
Published on February 3, 2011 by Jazzy Tre'
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