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People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

A Tribe Called Quest

1990

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People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

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3.59

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5

Wipe your feet really good on the rhythm rug. One of the greatest hip hop records of all time. Genius writing. Flawless delivery. Impeccable production value. Every song runs like honey and each interlude provides a perfectly paced breath to introduce the next chapter of the story. Packed with some of the greatest 90's hip hop tracks of all time, Can I Kick It being the obvious example. Description of a Fool is the progressive antithesis of the toxic behaviour glorified by so many of their peers at the time. Left My Wallet in El Segundo is a comedically leaning work of story telling perfection. Both Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts and Mr Muhammad even have elements of early 90's rave styles (it's a stooone groove, baby). Dropping a track purporting the benefits of a healthy diet in the middle of it all is a master stroke, not to mention hilarious. The near incoherent French over Lucien also falls into this category. One for the collection.

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If part of Q-Tip's strategy was ensuring I slapped a juicy rating on this, he couldn't have done much more than ending Description of a Fool and the album with a Sly & the Family Stone sample. Of course, I didn't figure into his strategy one (Diogo) jot(a). As with all the groups in the tentative Natives Tongues collective, the target audience here is other black people, who Tip & co. want to join them in a celebration of all things pan-African. As ever, I'm humbled to be allowed to the party--especially one whose DJ has Luck of Lucien, El Segundo, Bonita Applebum and Can I Kick It on the decks. To my ears, this doesn't groove to rhythms as Afrocentric as you'd assume from ATCQ's image, but therein in lies my ignorance. Celebrating your African roots ain't about aping Youssou N'Dour, Fela Kuti or Tabu Ley Rochereau. The very Americanness of ATCQ's sound is a reminder of how deeply American music has been shaped by people of African descent, and how disgracefully that's been overlooked and overwritten. Slapping the Ghanaian colours on this puts it front and centre, where it should be.

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5

Love Tribe, I like the next few albums more though, feel like they were still finding their way with this one. Regardless, it's another 4.5 (5) stars.

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5

Really solid Tribe album, complete with fun rhymes and creative, old-school instrumentals you would expect. Classic!

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5

Favs: Can I Kick It?, Bonita Applebum, Ham 'N' Eggs, all of them really Mehs: The opening bit of Push It Along isn't my favorite but, yeah, all these songs are great Lot of fun to listen to for the first time in a couple years. Still sounds fresh and innovative. Great lyrics and song variety (STDs, breakfast food, French Cassanovas!). Fun little unexpected jazzy bits. Great sampling (always love the Lou Reed on "Can I Kick It?"). Is it just me, or did Hamilton totally rip off "Luck of Lucien" in tone and sound? Hmm.

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5

A Tribe Called Quest came out swinging with this phenomenal, genre-changing record. It was positive, experimental, well-rounded, and exclusively different than anything that rap and hip-hop was known for in the early 90's. The foundation of jazz music paired with modern hip-hop rhythms is exceptionally beautiful and joyous to listen to. Each member is a master of their craft, and though Q-Tip was more of the frontrunner than he was in later releases, you can tell each songs was given the proper treatment by every member's role. I just get pure bliss and comfort from listening to this record, even if it doesn't hold the spot for my favorite ATCQ album. Favorite Songs: Footprints, I Left My Wallet in El Segundo, Can I Kick It?, Mr. Muhammad Least Favorite: Rhythm

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5

Bold samples, boasts for days, cerebral and street level at the same time. This is Tribe really nailing how to burst into the music scene, and especially the hiphop scene

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Album koji je lansirao ATCQ na duge kvalitetne staze hip hop, jak debitanski album sa par klasika i neotkrivenih dragulja. Iako mi je njihov Midnight Marauders u top 3 hip hop albuma ikad, nikad nisam slušao ovaj naslov. Misleći to što imaju dva jako kvalitetna albuma iza ovoga da će ovaj biti neki slabiji trud, naravno sam promijenio mišljenje nakon slušanja. Za 1990. godinu, beatovi su friški, groovie i mog reć u neku ruku za tancanje dok se spremaš na posao (što je u mom slučaju bilo) pa se ujedno sklopilo sa lijepim vremenom i tako stvorilo pozitivnu vibru. Razlikuje se od prethodna dva albuma u tome što nije toliko jazz inspiriran/sempliran. Tldr; kvalitetna grupa kao što su ATCQ - nerazočarava! (4/5)

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Hip Hop und Rap... was kann das schon werden? Witzig! Und überraschend! Kein Schimpfen oder schlüpfriger Lobgesang an eine „thicc biatch“. Dafür eine witzige Geschichte, wie er seinen Geldbeutel in einem Restaurant vergisst. Relatable! Der Beat ist entspannend und wenn ich wollte, konnte ich den Rap überhören. Teilweise gab es sogar groovy Melodien. Quasi das beste, was man aus Rap rausholen kann.

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Took van in for check up,talked to Brenda. JENNI rent paid. Her behavior out of control.

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5

Everything you want from a hip hop album… chilled beats and amazing rhymes!

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5

Tribe never lets me down

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5

Absolute fire. I could probably jam this all day.

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5

People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm is the debut studio album by American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, released on April 10, 1990[1] on Jive Records. The album's laid back production encompassed a diverse range of samples which functioned as a template for the group's unorthodox lyrics. A Tribe Called Quest formed in Queens, New York, in 1985.[6] After establishing a friendship with hip-hop act Jungle Brothers, both groups formed a collective dubbed Native Tongues, which also included De La Soul People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm has been described as "a celebration of bohemia, psychedelia and vagabondia",[11] as well as "laid back"

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5

Can I kick it?

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5

Good storytelling and immaculate beats. Gets a bit long by the end. 9

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Teraz to mnie pikerka pozytywnie zaskoczyla, nie sadzilem ze ATCQ pojawi sie na tak wystakowanej liscie i to w dodatku debiutanckim albumersem, chociaz z drugiej strony, to nie jest glupi pomysl wybrac akurat peoples instinctive travels and the paths of the rythm, jako przedstawienie tworczosci tribowej, bo zakladam ze jednak zaden inny albumik sie nie pojawi, niestety, bo jako debuitancki album slychac na nim najwiecej kreatywnej wolnosci, bo plyta wydana byla przez jive, ktore raczej jest kojarzone z popowymi wydaniami, no i swiezym ksieciem, kolejnym czynnikiem ktore z pewnoscia mialo wplyw na brzmienie plyty bylo studio calliope, w ktorym obok tribersow tworzyli junglowi bracia, czy chocby prince paul razem z stetsasonic, ktory pojawia sie nawet goscinnie na traku rhythm, ale najwazniejsza jest chemia miedzy czlonakami ekipy, a tutaj ukazuje sie ona przede wszystkim jako koperacja miedzy qtipem i phifem, czyli duetem lirycznym ktory rozumie sie bez slow i konczy jeden drugiemu linijki, jeden z najlepszych duetow na majku w historii murzynskiej piesni rapowanej, a jak w dobrej historii, to tlem bedzie tutaj przyjazn od malego i wspolne dorastanie, jada jada, chociaz ta plyta jest bardziej przychylna dla qtipa, jesli chodzi o podzial linijek, ktory wedlug mego odczucia wynosi 4:1 po stronie Q, co do kolejnych czlonkow to za produkcje odpowiedzialny jest dj muhammad, czyli polaczenie perfekcyjnosci w masteringu, skillsow djskich i instyntku samplowego, bo jest to album opierajacy sie glownie na brzmieniu zlotej ery jazzu, choc potrafia sie pojawic bardziej funkowe zapetlenia, czy nawet cos bardziej rokowego, nie mozna takze zapominac o szadolowym czlonku, czyli panu bialym jarobim, ktory chociaz nie rapuje i pojawia sie jako wodzirej i jest osoba ktora przedstawia bande na openingowym push it along, ale ktory takze mial swoj udzial w tekstach, zwlaszcza na najwiekszych hitach plyty, czyli i felt my wallet in el segundo czy can i kick it, a jesli juz przy liryce, to plyta jest mocno zwiazana z tak zwanym pozytywnym rapowaniem i jest utrzymany w klimacie de la soulowego 3 stopy wysoko i jeszcze wzlatuje, wiec milosc, pokoj i mlodosc, a jak mlodosc to robienie glupot, a to wszystko przedstawione z humorkiem i inteligentnym samokrytycznym spojrzeniem na samego siebie, im wiecej wiesz o plycie tym trudniej jest zapisac jakas notke, bo o kazdym traku mozesz napisac osobna note, ale przynajmniej na plejke nie bedzie problemu, bo z 14 trakow albumu 6 znalazlo sie na niej wczesniej, wiec na dokladke otwierajacy push it along i polowa jest, oby wiecej takich pozycji

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5

the beats and flows are so smooth. a lot of rap from this era sounds dated to me but this just sounds classic. i think the back end is a little weaker, but overall a great album 9/10

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5

Love Tribe, OG shit. Highlights: Luck of Lucien, Footprints, Bonita Applebum, (Pubic Enemy is about crabs haha), Can I kick it. 5 stars

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Check

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Yeah 👍👍

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excellent

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5

very good

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5

Actual fire

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5

Amazing album. Awesome sampling and lyrics. Each song is a great listen.

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5

i gotta get it, man

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5

SICK BEATS, classic hip hop, 10/10

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5

Love it. "Luck of Lucien" is favorite Tribe song. Discovered "Youthful Expression" and "Ham & Eggs" and "Push it Along"

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5

I am beyond embarrassed that with all the love I have give Tribe over the last year, I didn't realize what their debut album was. I always thought it was Low End Theory so while I have been blaring that and their subsequent albums so frequently, I have never actually listened to this one. These are the days I appreciate this album list. I'm only a couple songs in now but this is just as great as their other albums. Tribe may be one of my favorite hip hop groups of all time and I think this solidifies it. Amazing album art work and that same classic beats and rhymes in each song. Glad I fixed my mistake.

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5

Best samples I have heard in Hip Hop, rapping and lyrical content is excellent and Unique album concept - A love letter to Rhythm and it's damn sweet 💓

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5

Obviously it’s amazing. Such a sign of what was to come - genre changing.

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5

Solid album. No complaints.

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5

What a great dicovery this one was. Will listen to this again, loved it.

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5

interesting

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5

Experimental hip-hop/progressive rap album done extremely well, with interesting musical and lyrical motifs that get referenced.

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5

ATCQ never miss. I dig their later stuff a bit more but this album still rules.

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5

Perfect album front to back. Highlights include Bonita Applebum and Can I kick it?

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5

Interesting discovery, enjoyed it even though hip hop is not my usual type

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5

Chill, relaxed, and fun. Such good beats and such good bars. I liked this even better than Low End Theory tbh, even though that is the Tribe album I always hear the most praise for. Loved this one.

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5

This was more like a delicious cake than an album

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5

Tribe is one of the shining examples of what rap can be...love this album

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5

classic all the way!

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5

Excellent

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5

Love this album. Bonita Applebaum and Can I Kick It? are two of my favorite Tribe and hip hop songs.

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5

Just a vibe and a half. So good.

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5

Another absolutely phenomenal album, with some iconic tracks in it. The groove, the rhythm, all of it comes together to create a wonderful experience that just doesn't let up.

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5

я просто очень люблю этот альбом, всем спасибо

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5

I love the sound they produce. So smooth and feels so old school. Huge tribe fan.

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5

Great example of how alt hip hop can be so enjoyable and uplifting. Really interesting use of jazz rhythms and sounds. Near perfection.

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5

It's 1990 and it's the new decade and there is so much hope and promise. I'm at my friend's parents' beach house, having a chill summer party with friends and this album is the soundtrack. This never happened, but this is always what People's Instinctive Travels makes me think of, to the point where this might as well be real. The album has a fresh, feelgood sound, with social and political commentary among the party music. It's something to be said that ATCQ can deliver tunes about sexual health, cholesterol and losing one's wallet in El Segundo and not sounding preachy or dumb. Also check out the "Why" remix of "Bonita Applebum" because that is extremely dope.

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5

Lofi hiphop came from tribe more than any other group I've listen to (Wutang, NWA, ect)

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5

So good! Lot of songs I hadn’t heard from this album but some I like even better than the classics like bontia applebum and can I kick it!

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5

Top album great sampling

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5

loved it!!! so innovative

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5

This may be the greatest hip hop albums of all time.

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5

Listening to hip-hop albums that were part of the golden age of sampling is such an interesting experience. Hearing snippets from extremely famous songs melded into the idiosyncratic rap style of QTip is cool; this album could only have been made in this era. I really enjoy Tribe, but I sort of forget about them when I'm not listening to them. It's nice to have their albums put in front of me through this list. Their style is so relaxed, which separates them from the more intense rap style and lyrical content that became more popular in this era. Q-Tip does great work throughout the album. The fact that this was their first album shows how quickly everything came together for this group. It's also crazy that the aspect of this album that has aged most poorly is their stance on cholesterol in eggs 5/5

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5

2 tracks in and I know I'm giving this a 5 star rating. Golden era of hip hop right here. I listened to Black Sheep in the early 90s but didn't know about all the other Native Tongue groups until several years later. The downside of amazing music coming out when you're still in middle school living in a small town.

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5

This is one of my favorites yet. So fun, witty and fresh as fuck.

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5

A masterpiece on multiple levels –  beats and samples, the rhymes and flows, plus world-class production. Plus, a ton of fun to listen to. Humor underrated in every genre of pop music and Tip et al make it look/sound so easy. Loved it 30+ years ago (Christ, can it be that long!?!?!) and it sounds just as good today.

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5

I absolutely loved this. PERFECT chill party music. Loved the lyrics. Fantastic.

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5

classic

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5

I know Tribe has their detractors. "They don't come hard enough." "They're trying too hard." "They're too silly." "They're too serious." It's exhausting to hear people whinge on and on about 'em. The truth is this album is just so chill and fun it's hard to hate on it unless you're really trying. If you're too hard for Tribe, it's time to rethink your life choices and calm the hell down. Because this album is just fantastic. It's all boom-bap tracks and laid back raps and the whole thing just slaps. It's impossible to stay still during tracks like "Can I Kick It?" The head nods are compulsory. Easy 5-stars. Easy.

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5

This album was a lot of fun to listen to! The lyrics are witty and I didn’t pick up on anything terribly exploitative or offensive. Enjoyed it the first time but really found it great the second time. Great fun!

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5

Funk and rhythm kept me groovin' all day. Loved it.

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5

I totally dig!

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5

11/10- Would Leave My Wallet In El Segundo Again. Still don’t get that baby crying at the beginning tho

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4

Groovy, despite being over 30 years old the beats are still choice. If I have one complaint, this album is very, very Q-Tip heavy (think Phife only got like 2 verses?). It inspired a lot of my favorite rappers, it's nice to hear this album still held up. Favorite tracks: "Can I Kick It?", "Luck of Lucien"

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4

Much of this list has been listening to albums that are predecessors to other good music. This album makes me sad for what has become of rap and hip hop. This album is really good.

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4

not my regular jam, but understandable lyrics and interesting, layered music in a laid-back style

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4

Always left wondering whether I love the song because the opening few bars remind me of a the original sampled song and kick my enjoyment neurons off. Nonetheless enjoyed this

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4

This is such a great classic hip hop album. Obviously Can I Kick It is a banger but Push It Along is just as high on my bangerometer.

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4

Not my favorite ATCQ joint, but still an ATCQ joint.

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4

Solid r&b album. Pretty simple rap cadence throughout but no mumbling so I enjoyed it. Also not a sex/drugs album.

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4

Fun!

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4

Fun, funky, deep, catchy. Love all the samples. Hardly notice the length.

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4

One of their many masterpieces.

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4

Well put together, again, very unpretentious. You could see how it inspired a whole genre and how there were no expectations so they were able to experiment and make it their own.

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Don’t hold me to this as I’ve never fully delved into the dude’s music, but every time I hear Q-Tip I think to myself, “That’s it. That’s my favorite voice in hip-hop.” Something about the ease of his delivery is so pleasant to my delicate white ears. Anywho, I enjoyed this. And I don’t want no ham & eggs, ‘cause they’re high in cholesterol (except yes, I do).

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4

i love their jazz influenced production. they know how to put a record together. this is about a 3.7 for me so i'll give it a 4

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4

I thought this was a cool album. I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the other album of theirs that I’ve gotten, but it’s not too far off. It’s the same sort of thing though, the music would be fun to just jam to and as a non rap fan I actually could dig what they were putting down. Fun record. Favorite tracks: “Luck of Lucien,” “Can I Kick It?,” and “Youthful Expression”

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4

Classic

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4

7/10. Very solid album throughout, I especially liked the guest appearance of a chorus of frogs.

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4

When you sample a song you don’t always necessarily improve on the original but I suppose you do create something new. This album was wholly of its time and enjoyable for me listening today.

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4

Brilliant ! Really enjoyed listening to this, gonna have to give it ****

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4

foundational and better than I expected for some playful moody non-swearing old school rap

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4

all day vibe

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Push It Along (despite the intro/outro), Luck of Lucien, After Hours, Footprints, I Left My Wallet in El Segundo, Pubic Enemy, Can I Kick It?, Mr. Muhammad, Ham 'N' Eggs, Description of a Fool Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: A very good album. I don't think it ever transcends into a classic album, but it's a very good and very consistent album. All of the songs are good and have good vibes, but I couldn't round up this 4.5 to a 5 despite the amount of songs I saved.

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Already listened

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4

Good samples and flow, mellow and smart

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4

As far as debut albums go, this one is up there. So many classic Tribe singles, and it really establishes some of the West Coast hip hop and rap of the era. This was the first album in the three album streak of exceptionalness.

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4

A good rap album with a clear and understandable voice.

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4

I finally have a 3.5 that gets rounded up to a 4 rather than down the the 3. Some classic things in here absolutely. I did feel their "sound" kind of starts to all feel the same after awhile, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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4

yo what's wrong with snails? FABULOUS it's WITTY and funny, and the beats are *chef's kiss*

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4

Album didn’t have a lot of songs I added to my liked songs but a great album with a vibe I enjoy

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4

Thoroughly enjoyed this album.

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4

Im not a hipp hopp head, but this was realy cool

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4

Good one - lot of classics here, plus a song about South of the Border?

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4

Never listened to A Tribe Called Quest before, unsure as to what genre they even are at this point. First track seems to be starting with a sort of noise collage of windchimes and a baby crying. This is clearly a rap album, and I'm not really into rap. I've enjoyed Push It Along (the first track) and I'm looking forward to what comes after. Luck of Lucien starts with a sample from All You Need Is Love, which I'm pretty sure is also the French national anthem. And also some of Gonna Fly Now. I've always enjoyed mashups and this is no exception. The grooves on this album are incredibly catchy so far. Bonita Applebum's intro is very Ween in my opinion. Oh, I've heard Can I Kick It? before and I never knew it was by A Tribe Called Quest OR on this album. I think it was in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2. In retrospect I should've known it was A Tribe Called Quest because they basically say it. This entire album has some tasty basslines all over it. Would I buy this album? No. Would I turn it off if it came on the radio? Also no. Favorite tracks: Can I Kick It?, Push It Along, Description of a Fool Least favorite tracks: Mr. Muhammad, Bonita Applebum

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Really good album. I've never listened to a Tribe Called Quest before, but have been trying to learn more about hip hop and its history. This album is accessible, and features a smooth flow, and beats full of jazz, funk, and rock idioms. This album does run a bit long though. However, I've listened to other albums that are way shorter but feel longer. I hope to listen to more of this group in the future. This album made me excited to delve more into hip hop.

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4

Can I kick it, youthful expression and to a lesser extent i left my wallet are great tracks. The rest have good samples and decent production but the lyrics are average. Definitely not their best album, The Low End Theory would suit this better.

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4

I'm feeling this one way more than I exspected. Cool!

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4

A Tribe Called Quest! One of the best groups in hip hop history, no question. This is the only of their albums of which I don’t own a copy. It’s a great album, a little bit before their masterpieces but some fantastic, groovy hits on here. This is well before Phife got his fair share of lyrical contributions. The crazy thing about Tribe is even if this isn’t in their top 3 or so albums, it’s still really really good. Q-Tip sounds so great. Favorite tracks: Can I Kick It, Bonita Applebum, Push It Along, Footprints, Go Ahead in the Rain. Album art: Not their best, but still pretty great. The one shown on this website is an anniversary release or something with all the color sapped out of the surrounding art. Really weird choice. 4/5

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4

Really like this style. I've heard a few tribe songs and this is my fav style of 90s hip-hop.

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Really miss hip hop like this. Love it's eccentricity and humanity. So inviting and warm.

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4

Strong album, I love their laid back style.

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4

The pinnacle of laid-back rap. Best track: Can I Kick It?

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Favorite tracks: - Luck of Lucian, Footprints, Left My Wallet in El Sugundo, Bonita Applebum, Can I Kick It?, Youthful Expression, Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts) Least favourite tracks: - Pubic Enemy, Ham 'N' Eggs, Go Ahead in the Rain Pros: - Super memorable songs and storytelling - Incredible production throughout - Absolutely banging beats - Really creative sampling choices - Love how songs flow into each other - Rhymes sound so effortless and ooze style - So many quotable's throughout Cons: - Maybe feels too much like a Q-Tip project at times, would have loved more verses from Phife and Jarobi - Some goofy lyrics and songs I can't connect with as strongly - Second half doesn't feel as strong as first

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4

Inventive sampling. There's always something going on. This is a party I want to be at. Really enjoyed it. It's going to stick around

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Nunca había escuchado sobre el grupo como tal, al empezar a escuchar los ritmos y el sonido me agarraron con sorpresa agradable, me parecía un hip-hop jazz bastante bien hecho y accesible sin pretenciones. Leí sobre el disco y el nombre Q-Tip inmediatamente me saltó. Me encanta la interacción entre Q-Tip y Phife Dawg. Me impresionó escuchar que la superposición de sampleos y la diferencia del ritmo final que obtiene. Además de esas prácticas innovadoras, el álbum se siente líricamente sólido en esa escena del hip-hop consciente sin llegar a algunos extremos que hemos visto; aborda problemas de raza y vida en la ciudad a través de la óptica propia afroamericana pero también tiene mucho humor ... también hecho de una manera sutil ... lo que ayuda al álbum a mantener su momentum y no sentirse demasiado pesado, consciencia social con un poco de tonterías es buena receta.

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4

Surprised to know who had sung the hits

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4

yeah just lovely very chill, fun and inventive

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Can I kick it?

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4

A good introduction to Tribe for those who don't know them. Not flawless but a strong and enjoyable album, even for someone who casually listens to hip hop but isn't necessarily a regular fan.

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4

I like this album, not my favorite hip hop I've been introduced through this process, but very good. The rhythm is a bit same throughout with very little tempo change. I like a lot of the sample choices especially of course Walk on the Wild Side. 3 75 🌟

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Great debut from tribe. They have a distinct style that flows nicely with solid beats. A couple classics in this album. The beats are unique and sample from some great older songs. 7.8/10

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I don’t love this genre of music, I am simply trying to listen to things I haven’t heard before. I can appreciate the quality of the production and lyricism but personally I wouldn’t listen again. Phenomenal samples, “Can I kick it?” is a great song.

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4

Great old school album. Bunch of sampled songs over the years. Very influential

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un bon album de rap, avec vraiment de bons beats et un flow quand même surprenant. Fit vraiment avec l'époque. J'ai bien aimé et je comprend le fait que cela soit un classique et qu'il se retrouve dans cette liste. 4.25

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4

Not their best but I still like it.

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There are more songs than tracks on this thing; That was clear in just a few minutes and is one of many strengths. Tribe's debut influenced much, and it's impossible to listen without that filter on. The beats, while varied, fade into the background while the runtime stretches. But the vast majority of tracks are strong, the record flows, and the mood set is unique and entirely pleasant.

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Nice, chill hip hop. Definitely one I would return to.

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Can I Kick It and the first song, loved how chilled it was.

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3.7 - honestly thought I’d like this one more, as I listen to a few of the tracks off of it pretty regularly. It’s got great beats, lyrics and fantastic samples. It’s influenced offspring runs far and deep. That said, falls a little short of classic status, for me and this listen made me realize I probably like Midnight Marauders more for an overall Tribe listen.

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4

Pretty solid hip-hop, plenty of groove, though the lyrics are a bit lacking to me.

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Classic 4

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* Cracking

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Very ahead of it's time. Still has elements of old-school hip-hop, but that's to be expected from a '90 album. Overall, very cool album. A bit repetitive at times, but I enjoyed it.

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4

This album was a sampler's dream. Great beats and lyrics.

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4

That's some GOOD shit man. Mmmm. Tasty.

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Fun album. Lots of recognisable samples and carefree, laid back vibes. 90s hip-hop can be a bit of a time capsule but this feels like it's aged well, and I'm intrigued to listen to the follow-up someday. It has put me right off my ham and eggs though. 3.5.

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Incredible beats and production. Though not quite as good as low end theory or midnight marauders. Can I kick is is a top song of all time

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Fire, but not as quite as good as TLeT or MM

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Simple and chill, don't know what else to say about it. But a great album to just have on while working on something else. "Can You Kick It" and "Youthful Expression" my favourite tracks.

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4

Great album. Really enjoyed this

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Was good fun listening, very funky 7/10

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Best Song: Can I Kick It? There's a reason this song is so popular. The laidback, slow-drip lyrical flow is about as good here as it is on the rest of the album, but the backing instrumentals here stand above. Worst Song: Mr. Muhammad. The beat is most obtrusive on this track, getting in the way of the flow. Sounds almost Beastie Boys-ish (in a bad way). Overall: Groove personified. This album isn't right for all situations but it's perfect for some. Phife and Q-Tip are on their game for the whole album. The beats are solid, predictable head-nodders, which provide the best canvas for the vocals layered over top.

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4

I really dig it

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A delectable squirt of early 90s hip hop that is really easy to listen to. Can I Kick It? an obvious stand out track, but all pretty good

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Left my wallet in El Segundo!

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Vibed to this while studying for my driver's permit test. It slaps. I got distracted by it though a lot because it changed up a lot. 83/100 Yeye

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its nice, a step up from classic rap while not falling into the pretty standard gangsta rap variant

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Музыка необычная. Мне понравилась. Не все треки качали, но сделано крайне толково и мастерски.

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To jest to czego oczekuję od sampli, nie tylko sama baza, ale całe piosenki. Wzorowana muzyka na jazzie z dodatkowym twistem. Jak zwykle lirycznie czarny rap z lat 90 ciężko odnieść do naszej polskiej rzeczywistości, ale przyjemnie się tego słuchało. Mocne 4/5

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A surprising discovery for me. I really liked the vibe coming from this record. It can be enjoyed either absent-mindedly while doing other tasks or by actively focusing on the music. Didn't focus much on the lyrics, but it didn't affect my reception. Bits are well thought out and help solidify the pleasurable experience. Highlight: Can I Kick It?

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It says something about an album's quality when a song is repeated three times and I do not mind it at all. People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm is a great representative of it's genre, I was positively suprised by it's beats, lirycs, messeging, all of it. A decisively pleasant listening experience and one I will be revisiting in the future for sure. Highlights: Description of a Fool, Can I Kick It?

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4

A great easy listening hip hop album

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This was fun and joyful. It was funky and groovy. A good time!

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é inacreditável que eu tenha ignorado o A Tribe Called Quest por tanto tempo. encontrei tudo tudo do que eu mais gosto no hip-hop: flow, bons samples, composições bem trabalhadas e muito ritmo. é realmente difícil ouvir parado. ouvi muito de digable planets e wu-tang clan, dois artistas que eu adoro nele, além, claro de de la soul, que eu já ouvi, sei que tem relações com ATCQ, mas também meio que ignorei até hoje. agora quero entender esse fluxo de influência mais a fundo e ouvir toda a discografia do grupo.

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Love the trumpets. Everything is so conversational. It all starts to blend a bit as the album goes on.

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Love these guys. Pretty much my favorite hip hop. Jazzy and well written.

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Q-Tip has one of my favorite voices in the genre. His raps are light and fun, smooth and groovy. Topics are diverse: there's a lot of funny stories to imagine and keep engaged. Production is tight, although there are rough edges and transitions that will be fixed in later albums. It's certainly innovative, combining hip hop with jazz and afrobeat better than anyone else in history. Samples do repeat a bit too long at times but there are dramatic changes that grab your attention. I would prefer less famous samples. Everyone knows "Sir Duke" and "Walk on the Wild Side" and it's a bit distracting. That being said, I do like most of the samples, the breaks are clean and it's a chiller vibe than other hip hop albums I'm used to; I wish more albums like this existed. Album could be significantly shorter, with relatively few tracks that stick out, especially on the second half, but they're all solid.

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Easy going, great samples, a pure pleasure

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Not sure how I feel about it, so it gets a 3.

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Me likey.

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2.9

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Tribe is really good, just not my jam

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Qué mi calificación no nos engañe: me gustó mucho. Pero tengo que ser fiel a mi método, y no es como que nomás por una rola se quede de ser un discazo, hay varias que están mñe.

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Fantastic beats. 6/10

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I hadn't heard of this band yet I recognised some of the songs. Enjoyed most of it!

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3

Significantly better than the average rap album.

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I was disappointed with this one, I was expecting quite a bit more about from a band that I enjoyed the first album of so much

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I am not really into rap or hip-hop, but the album was quite good.

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I can get the importance of this album, but it's not so good to me. Just ok!

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push it along/luck of lucien are a great 1-2 combo. its very much lyricist as a story teller and the poetry is nice. Pubic Enemy I could do without

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Hypnotic, jazzy and understated...or boring, longwinded and energy-sapping? I honestly couldn't tell you, and it might be all these things and more. Sometimes the music sounds a little flimsy, but the rhymes are, on occasion, fabulous. So why are they often delivered in a monotone? A frustrating experience.

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3

Yeah not bad

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Not bad.

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Good stuff. I liked it.

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Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would, think award tour is my favorite from them. Still a very enjoyable and influential rap album. think Footprints samples Sir Duke??? Saved: Footprints, Can I Kick It?

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Smooth jazz and clean rhymes. Nice listen but can't Imagine seeking it out do listen to it again. Also, Delux edition 😑

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Good album for their debut. Later albums achieved more. Great samples

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3

Very nice. Chilled out. Very influential, very funky. Will need to listen again. 3.5.

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Original hip hop. Laid back.

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Pleasantly surprised, like the more funky beats. Feels a little all over place but has some solid ideas. Bonita applebum to kick it is great

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Beatovi su sve do jednog jebeni vibe.

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Based on the title of the album, I was expecting something a little heavier and a little deeper than what I got. What I got was sort of a throwback to when hip hop was just guys having fun, making words rhyme and not really bothering with anything deeper than that. Which is also fun, but at some point kind of makes me ask why I'm listening. These guys are a lot of fun to listen to, but I never got past this question.

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Fun and chill album. Need to relisten

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Even for a 1990 album I thought the rap was very basic, a bit silly, and in some cases very predictable. Like when a show like "saved by the bell" did a rap episode. Not terrible though. But the music was spot on.

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not the best rap album there is lol

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This should be fun - the only track I know is 'can i kick it', on a quick glance. Aagh - i've been listening to a messed-up version on youtube. push it along: classic sound. Luck of Lucien - silly rhymes. After hours: quite like it, but don't love it. Footprints: alright i left my wallet in el segundo - mexican thingy - 'what a man'. public enemy - not as nice. bonita applebaum- prety weird. youthful expression rhythm (devoted to the art of moving butts) Mr Muhammed Ham and Eggs - just silly. (about being veggie?) Go ahead in the rain Description of a fool They are obviously having fun. can i kick it: fun! Not at all polite. Quite silly. 3 stars - none of the tracks are as good as the familiar one.

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Wonky album title aside, ATCQ's debut is enough to leave me contempt. I have only really listened to their 3 most popular albums, and based off a few songs ive heard from this album i'd kinda put it off til now. I mean, there are some just great songs on here. "Can I Kick It?" or "Push It Along" to name a couple. I think for a debut it's solid, considering they followed up right after with TLET & Midnight Marauders. The production feels very 80s-ish when compared to their later work, especially with that repeating outro sample (which kind of reminds me of the chants repeates in We Got It From Here..." Overall a solid project but its nothing compared to Midnight Marauders. 7/10 As Of July 14th, 2021 Best Tracks: Push It Along, Luck of Lucien, I Left My Wallet In El Segundo, Pubic Enemy, Bonita Applebum, Can I Kick It?, Go Ahead In The Rain Worst Track: Ham 'n' Eggs

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First Listen. Reminds me of De La Soul's Three Feet High and Rising... Love it. I'm giving this a 3/5 (which for me on first listen) is very high.

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Quite pleasing rap from the early 90's. I like that it is with instruments, however I'm not a rap-R'n'B fan.

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It was ok Wouldn't listen to it again though Ham n eggs is good too though And Can I Kick It? Awesome

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Nice hip hop, chill, good rhythm.

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A party, a fun party with the most friendly, charming erudite host you've ever met.

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Great beats, amazing lyrics, and lots of interesting sampling from artists I love.

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Good album

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Curiosito disco de hip hop que se oye totalmente retro. Tiene buenos momentos, especialemtne con los sampleos a Lou Reed o Stevie Wonder, pero al final creo que se pasa de duración (1:16 en la versión que yo encontré). La neta es que Can I Kick It sí es una gran rola.

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3

Two top tracks, very talented quality hip hop throughout but fairly boring.

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Interesting but not really my thing

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nice instrumental not my style of rap, but i can tell it is a good album

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Quite liked this. Good range of samples and no weird skits.

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Smooth, joyous melodies, with a mix of serous and light-hearted lyrics covering a wide range of themes. Musically, this is trippy and laid back, but full of crisp and tasteful compositions, slickly produced but seeming almost like an extended jam session. A testament to the confidence of the group. Top tracks: footprints, public enemy, can I kick it?

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3

Good hiphop album with lots of samples

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Groovy grooves. Nice to hear, but I won't be here again.

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3

Not bad, couple of classics, not really my kind of thing

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Having found ATCQ's next album, Low End Theory, to be extremely dull and dated, I was surprised to actually quite like this. Fun, catchy and laid back hip hop with a good balance of instrumentation and samples from a range of genres. Can/do I kick/like it? Yes you/I can/do. 3/5.

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🤔

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Started strong for me but wasn't sustained.

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Obviously they are having a lot of fun here. Love the vibe, just not digging it today I guess. Maybe don't take my word for it, I just gave a top-10 album here a 4 soooooo......

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Not for me, but I'm sure if you like hip-hop it's great

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I’m surprised I listened to this album all the way through given that it’s Christmas Eve and I wasn’t in the mood for alt hip hop. Regardless, it wasn’t my favorite thing but it was objectively pretty good. I liked that they sampled sir duke and the beat on can I kick it was good. Ham n eggs was a goofy song. Fav: can I kick it

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An okay listen. No recognized songs

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I’m more familiar with Low End Theory. That album better than this on first listen.

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playful, packed with uplifting samples, searching for the joy

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Not a bad listen Highlight Tracks: 5, 8, 12

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Really good early 90's rap. Lots of things to love here. I do think it gets a bit repetitive with the flows sounding similar throughout, but that just comes with the territory. Also, the juxtaposition between a song like "Push It Along" and "Ham 'N' Eggs" is a bit jarring and doesn't help the album feel more cohesive. Favorite Tracks: "Push It Along", "Luck of Lucien", I Left My Wallet in El Segundo", Bonita Applebum", "Can I Kick It?",

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That’s funny.

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Album passed me by quite quickly so I guess it made nice background music with my ears really only tuning in for the big hits. Nice and chilled though

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Pretty neat little record.

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Classic Hip Hop LP - straightforward beats and great bars.

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90s rap group

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I recognize the band's name, but I wasn't sure if I have heard much if anything from A Tribe Called Quest. There were rhythms to the vocals that sounded familiar. "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" was the only track that lyrically sounded familiar. For me, "Youthful Expression" is an example of the fun and groove that the band is pursuing on this album. I enjoyed listening to the album, but I don't think I'll remember enough to want to come back for more.

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cool

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It's one of those really good debut albums where you can hear what on later albums will become amazing. But this one is just too disjointed.

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Good stuff.

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I know they are well-regarded but I found this to be a bit tedious.

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Despite the rather long and pretentious title, this is a pretty good debut album by the Tribe. Back in the day, all these samples would have been cool. Bonita Applebaum and Kick it are highlights.

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Bit of a down tempo sound and a sense of humour. Lacking explicit lyrics.

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Oldskulowe strasznie. Fajne rytmy ale przyznam że po 1 wole nowa szkołę hip-hopu niz stara, po drugie nawet w starej sa lepsze hiciorki. Ale słuchało się przyjemnie, klasyczna i fajowa struktura rymów, poniewaz jednak nudzil mnie ten albumik, to 3

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Nie wiem, hip-hop. Wszystko się zaczyna jakims fajnym samplem (poza darciem mordy dziecka i żabami), niektóre z nich nawet rockowe czy jazzowe, co zaskakujące i... zmienia w to samo po parunastu sekundach, ewentualnie wraca na chwilę co jakiś czas. Teksty z perspektywy czasu niczym nie zaskakują, chociaż mogły być w tamtych czasach uznane za zabawne czy nietypowe - brakuje mi podłoża kulturowego do oceny. Jednoczesnie mam świadomość, że dla wielu artystów i krytyków jest to bardzo wpływowy album i widzę, dlaczego mogłoby tak być, chociaż mnie to przerasta.

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a little hit and miss on each song for me. Overall it was enjoyable

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Leuk plaatje!

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Kende hier stiekem veel nummers van. Wel een beetje gedateerd nu, maar klonk best leuk.

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Laid back old school hip hop, That’s got interesting lyrics here and there, and it is funky too. Not too bad, and not like the aggresive direction a lot of the genre has taken today.

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Not my cup of tea.

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Not really my thing.

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No pues la neta no conectó, si a caso una rolilla.

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Ni tan peor como otros

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Meh

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groovy

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Tough one. Didn't dislike it but don't think I'd listen to it again so...

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Didn't do it for me...

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2/5 Not my kinda music.

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I liked it more than I thought I would, but not for me.

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Tjæ

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Listened to this on a road trip. Glad it wasn’t an album of more complexity because not the best environment to listen to an album properly. I’ve an idea what this group is about already but no amount of listens will make this appeal to me. I get the appeal to hip hop listeners and get why people enjoy it. Can’t give this more than a 2. Not for me, doesn’t hurt my ears

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Interesting songs….wasn’t a fan

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Man chats over boring beats. Some beats were fun. Man was boring always

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Heavy 80's rap vocals and beat

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Se me hizo muy repetitivo: Base rítmica sencilla, rapeo encima, sample, todo junto y volvemos a empezar. Su sonido es característico, sobre todo por la base rítmica muy limpia a ratos, "hip hop minimalista" bien balanceado con los samples, pero con todas las canciones iguales.

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Not very amazing.

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Good one. Found some familiar-sounding samples, and used whosampled.com a few times.

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Wederom een rap-album. Al klinken de beats op dit album wel heel relaxt, beetje blues-achtig soms. **

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Не мое

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the intro is weird... baby crying? Ehh it's alright. Nothing special, rhymes kinda basic

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nah

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Difficult to rate as so far from my usual listening, I couldn't say if good for it's genre or not, it's not for me, but I didn't hate it

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This one sounds a lot more intelligent and way less annoying than most rap albums I've heard. Giving this one 2.5 stars. Rounded down because I still didn't want to listen to more than half the album.

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Musicalmente es muy simple. No he prestado mucha atención a lo que rapean pero me da la sensación de que adolece de lo mismo. Los rapeos suenan como aquella canción que decía “eh, tú, que estás ahí, quítate la mano de la nariz”. Aun así, parece que intentan esforzarse.

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Seemed like all the components were there but it just didn't kick on and hold at an interesting rhythm

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Strong 2, liked it for the first quarter, then started getting a bit repetitive

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Good

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It had some good rhythms and beats, but it is certainly not my style of music. I think the track 'Bonita Applebum' maybe my least favourite song I've heard in a while. Especially the remix with some unfun groans in there at the end.

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the constituent parts are fun but the album itself is dull as hell. sounds like it was more fun to make than to listen to. De La Soul did it much better

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M’n pet stond hier niet naar.

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Very cool start, but I'm worried that 70 minutes will be too long. Sadly, it's like a lot of hip-hop. Interesting start, then they repeat a beat while talking. Choruses can be good, but it's so repetitive.

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Wasn't as bad as I feared it would be, but still not my thing. Quite a variety of sampled material. 2 stars.

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Well, I listened to the intro to the tracks, with direct steals from The Beatles (La Marseillaise) and Stevie Wonder, then Take A Walk On The Wild Side. But each track turned into the same old boring, repetitious nonsense! Intellectual property?

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RAP crap

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Really not very good.

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Niet mijn muziek

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Not a fan of 90s hiphop. Got half way through

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It seems that the point of rap is mostly the lyrics. If you don't pay close attention to what's being said, it is just white noise.

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I couldn't get past the third song. Garbage lol

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Can't stand the old school rap sound. The instrumentals become boring very fast. The voice sounds unoriginal. Hard listen.

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