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People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Push It Along
  2. Luck of Lucien
  3. After Hours
  4. Footprints
  5. I Left My Wallet in El Segundo
  6. Pubic 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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: April 3, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000004WA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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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Format: Audio CD
Do you remember when a little crew called the Native Tongues stepped onto the hip-hop scene? Sure you do. Do you remember the last group to drop a debut LP? Yep, it was A Tribe Called Quest. Did this LP change the face of hip-hop? Yes. Did this LP get the recognition it deserved? Nope. Does this LP have both strong lyrics and beats? Of course. Does this album have any hits? Yes, there's "Bonita Applebum", "Can I Kick It?", "Footprints", "Push It Along", "Description Of A Fool", etc. Are there any filler tracks? Not one. Is this album just as good as The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders? Damn right. When should you get this album? RIGHT NOW!
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This is one of the worst vinyl pressings I've ever purchased.

I played this album side by side from my computer (an MP3) and this vinyl, both run through and Allen & Heath mixer. I adjusted the gain on both so they were equal. I flattened out both EQs for comparison. The results were extraordinarily disappointing. This vinyl sounded like garbage next to an MP3 that was ripped from my original CD of this album. There was no amount of gain or EQ adjustment (I tried everything) that could make this vinyl sound nearly as good as the MP3!

This vinyl sounds very flat and dull. The low frequencies are very flat, not full and round like the original recording. The rest of the frequencies are also flat and muted compared to the original.

Another reviewer complained about the record having cracks or pops in "Can I Kick It?" These actually exist in the original recording. However, for some reason, in this vinyl version they cracks/pops are extremely pronounced. In the original version they are much more subtle. It is understandable why the other reviewer saw this as a flaw.

This pressing is nothing more than someone or some company's attempt to capitalize on the vinyl reissue market, with absolutely no attention whatsoever to quality. And no consideration whatsoever for the people who get their vinyl reissues anywhere other than Urban Outfitters (and actually give a 5#!* about the quality of the vinyl reissues they purchase). Zero effort was put into mastering this for vinyl or putting out a halfway decent pressing of this album.

Whoever authorized this pressing, including ATCQ, should be ashamed of themselves for such a blatant rip-off of loyal fans.
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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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