A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels & The Paths of Rhythm


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When A Tribe Called Quest released their debut album People's Instinctive Travels and The Paths of Rhythm, it was the quiet beginning of a revolution in non-commercial hip-hop. The record floated a few familiar hooks, but it wasn't a sampladelic record.

Arriving a year after De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising, A Tribe Called Quest's People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm showed Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi to be whimsical yet grounded in reality. They weren't heady, hermetic, and puzzling like De La; in comparison to 3 Feet High's astounding range and informative sound collages, People's Instinctive Travels was clean and focused. Where De La went wide musically, Tribe went deep; where De La was deep and dense lyrically, Tribe went wide and abstract. That both projects managed to do all they were able to do and remain fun is one of the great wonders of hip-hop's first golden age.

The group is marked for their social consciousness, but not merely because of their awareness, but their ability to wax simultaneously about politics and art. From the beginning, Tribe has focused on intelligent message tracks but have rarely sounded over-serious about them.

The album features the singles "Can I Kick It?", "Bonita Applebum" and "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo".

Heavyweight double vinyl produced by Jive Records in 2011. This edition features faithfully replicated artwork from the original vinyl release.

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