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listen  1. Check the RhimeA Tribe Called Quest 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Bonita ApplebumA Tribe Called Quest 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Award TourA Tribe Called Quest 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Can I Kick It? (Contains Intro Of "Can I Kick It?")A Tribe Called Quest 4:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Scenario (LP Mix)A Tribe Called Quest 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Buggin' OutA Tribe Called Quest 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. If the Papes ComeA Tribe Called Quest 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Electric RelaxationA Tribe Called Quest 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Jazz (We've Got)A Tribe Called Quest 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. I Left My Wallet in El SegundoA Tribe Called Quest 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Hot SexA Tribe Called Quest 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Oh My GodA Tribe Called Quest 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Stressed OutA Tribe Called Quest featuring Faith Evans 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Luck Of LucienA Tribe Called Quest 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Description Of A FoolA Tribe Called Quest 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Keeping It MovingA Tribe Called Quest 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Find a WayA Tribe Called Quest 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Sucka NiggaA Tribe Called Quest 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Vivrant ThingViolator feat. Q-Tip 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B00000JJMK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In their decade of existence, A Tribe Called Quest weren't rap's biggest hit makers, but their signature numbers indeed fill this CD with style, eclecticism, and laid-back but deliberate flow; indeed, the group's stature seems to have grown since its 1998 breakup. The continued importance of their music and ideals for many hip-hop fans will only be enhanced by Anthology's 18 tracks (Q-Tip's recent hit "Vivrant Thing," from the Violator album is a bonus track). Those unfamiliar with Tribe's achievement should have their heads and booties set into motion by the fellas' many moods, from the playful "Check the Rhime" and "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" to trenchant commentaries such as "Description of a Fool" and "Sucka Nigga." And with its inclusion here, the somewhat rare and all-the-way out "If the Papes Come" will doubtless reestablish itself as an underground favorite. --Rickey Wright

Customer Reviews

This greatest hits album has their best songs.
Rob
As a sort of microcosm of this notion, I will now do my best to tell you everything that you need to know before buying this album.
Robby Nichols
There is also humor, great energy and intelligence.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Robby Nichols on December 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There is a whole generation out there full of people who just barely missed out on the evolution of rap music into what it is today. These are guys who weren't alive when hip-hop was born. These poor souls were still trying to master the alphabet when Run-D.M.C. started raising hell in '86. The only reason these kids even recognize artists like Grandmaster Flash or Kurtis Blow is from playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Just think of the thousands of rap listeners around the world who know nothing of the very foundation of what they now hear on the radio.
It is a tragedy, but one that can be rectified, starting with an introduction to the rhythm that has been eagerly waiting for you at the end of that dark tunnel. However, since you are a little behind, your Quest should begin... well... at the end. Not unlike the Cliff�s Notes version of Crime and Punishment, Anthology is an abbreviated guide through masterful art. As a sort of microcosm of this notion, I will now do my best to tell you everything that you need to know before buying this album.
Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (MC, MC, DJ respectively) are the primary members of A Tribe Called Quest. They are responsible for an extremely successful discography of jazz-rap that, along with the work of De La Soul, brought Afrika Bambaataa's Zulu Nation back into the spotlight.
A Tribe Called Quest stands as one of the most innovative hip-hop groups in history. To the naked ear, the Tribe's music just sounds like a couple guys freestylin' over a simple bass line. After subsequent listens, however, their music reveals incredibly smart rhymes that actually flow with the beats magnificently. In turn, they take the songs to a whole new level.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Adam on November 24, 1999
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I am not a hip hop fanatic who has bought every cd from a certain artist or group since theyve been in the business. But I sample this and that from various groups, looking for the perfect album that has everything going right, all the pieces in place. I found it. I picked up the anthology, without having ever bought any other album of ATCQ. But this cd is amazing. Check the Rhime, Scenario, Find A Way, Description of a fool, across the board, all phat beats. Jazz meets Hip Hop. I meet ATCQ. Buy the album, thats all I gotta say. Im out like Vanilla Ice's rap career
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
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....by the way they left "Butter" off this piece....
Anyone who is a Quest fan will already be familiar will all of the tracks on here. The only song on here that is previously unreleased on CD is "If the Papes Come" which was a B-side single from the first joint ("People's Instinctive..."). Some will complain about which songs are here and which are missing. But you can't front on the 19 selections were chosen for this collection.
Anthology does what greatest hits album do -- give you the greatest hits. It would be nice if there was an extra disc with a few of the hot remixes or b-sides that you can't get on CD. If that's what you want, you might want to go back and pick up "The Love Movement" which includes remixes for "Scenario", "Jazz" and "Oh My God" as well as "Hot Sex" and "One Two S**t" which were never on full-length CD.
Oh yeah, "Vivrant Thing" is on here too. Tip probably had to let them touch this as a term of getting out of the Jive label contract and getting signed on Arista. But all in all this is a great compilation of great moments from a great group. Just put in it and sit back. No track skipping necessary.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1999
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If you only buy one Tribe CD (and that would be a huge mistake to buy only one) this should be the disc. This CD has nothing but the most amazing Tribe tracks and many of the greatest songs ever recorded period. I guarantee that you won't even have to touch the next track button on your player because this is one of those incredibly rare CD's where every song is the best song on the disc. If you own a Puff Daddy CD, you might be able to get out of hell and make up for your sin if you buy this CD instead.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RyDog on January 17, 2005
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Well I'm 17 years old and probably got into hip-hop around age 13, so you can say I never grew up with greats like 2pac, biggie, etc. Not until I heard this CD I could really appreciate hip-hop. Sure the radio was ok but when I heard this I realized how much hip-hop is lacking today, what happened?? Using the skip track button on my CD player isn't necessary, the whole CD really is a classic to me. It's not just the genius beats I was impressed with, but the lyrics. The lyrics...WOW, genius...no other way to describe it. I plan on exploring many other areas of hip-hop I never knew exisited. I wish hip-hop was how it was back in the early 90's, it lacks something today. You can no longer "nod" ur head to the rap music on the radio.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B on September 12, 2004
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This album is perfectly acceptable distillation of the Tribe's 5 lps, with two songs not included on any of those lps: If the Papes Come, a nice b side; and Vivrant Thing, which I assume everybody has already had enough of. This has less of a reason to exist than Hits, Rarities & Remixes or the second half of the Love Movement, and it would make a lot more sense if they put all the extra tracks on one volume instead of giving a little at a time.

I suppose this recording gives a little too much preference to the earlier albums, but a lot of tribe fans are partial to the first one or two of them, so I guess that is justified. I see no point in buying this if you are much of a fan at all; it makes a lot of sense to have at least two of their albums instead because all of them have a lot of worthy content that cannot be compressed in a volume like this. But if you just want to grab a couple of mid-90s hits from one of rap's greatest groups, then go ahead...
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