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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 12, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B0000004WA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,433 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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One of the best hip-hop albums ever, in my opinion, overshadowed by later works.
Nicholas Minnix
With Q-Tip rapping on most of the album(Phife appears on a few tracks, Can I Kick It etc.), the beats fit and the lyrics are great.
Eli
Highly recommend for anyone wanting to get into ATCQ or for a fan that possibly just skipped out on this album.
Philip Spohn

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1999
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ? on May 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
One of the best albums of 1990, "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm" is the Tribe's most under-appreciated and over-shadowed album to date. When you think of classic ATCQ, you think "Low End Theory" and "Midnight Marauders", but what about the debut that got them started? Although the classics like "bonita applebum" and "can I kick it" are still getting recognition 16 years later, the other tracks on the album are pretty much left in the dark to be slept on & ignored. For me, this album is equal in brilliance to "Low End Theory" and "Midnight Marauders", and considering this is 1990, it is as fresh as anything they have ever done! Ali Shaheed Muhammad comes 100% correct for their debut, producing straight classics ensuring a strong foundation for Q Tip & Phife Dawg to work with. Yes, and you can bet that both MC's hit you with the non-stop hypnotizing, conscious & creative lyrics throughout. Personally, the only track that does not have as much replay value as the rest is "Ham & Eggs", but then again the concept of this song isn't meant to be dead serious so it's down to taste. Now, if you are a fan of the tribe/early 90's hiphop/Jazzy & Conscious Hiphop then this is for you. Cop this asap! You NEED it. PEACE!

>>>BEST TRACKS, in my opinion, are; Push it along (Pure excellence), Luck of Lucien, Footprints, Can I Kick It & Youthful expression<<<

Lyrics - 10/10
Beats - 10/10
Originality - 9.5/10
Replay Value - 9/10

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By djmc on September 11, 2011
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Although this is a great album, don't buy it on vinyl from Amazon.
The records aren't pressed properly, so the first few seconds of songs start at the end of sides. In one case, "Can I Kick It", you hear the first few seconds of introduction, the talking "Can I Kick It" then the record ends, you put on the second record then the rest of the song continues!
I've just received my second copy of this from Amazon to replace an earlier version with problems, but it turns out that this isn't just a one off, it is a problem with all pressings that Amazon have.
The music's a four or five star, the vinyl pressing is terrible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean Daly on November 9, 2000
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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