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Beats, Rhymes & Life

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1 x CD Album
Europe 1996

1Phony Rappers3:35
2Get A Hold3:35
3Motivators3:20
4Jam4:38
5Crew1:58
6The Pressure3:02
71nce Again3:49
8Mind Power3:55
9The Hop3:27
10Keeping It Moving3:38
11Baby Phife's Return3:18
12Separate / Together1:38
13What Really Goes On3:23
14Word Play2:59
15Stressed Out4:57

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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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  • Audio CD (July 30, 1996)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: July 30, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000053T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
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