Tuesday, June 14

People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm - A Tribe Called Quest (1990)


"One year after De la Soul re-drew the map for alternative rap, fellow Native Tongues brothers A Tribe Called Quest released their debut, the quiet beginning of a revolution in non-commercial hip-hop. People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm floated a few familiar hooks, but it wasn't a sampladelic record. Rappers Q-Tip and Phife Dawg dropped a few clunky rhymes, but their lyrics were packed with ideas, while their flow and interplay were among the most original in hip-hop. From the beginning, Tribe focused on intelligent message tracks but rarely sounded over-serious about them. ... Restless and ceaselessly imaginative, Tribe perhaps experimented too much on their debut, but they succeeded at much of it, certainly enough to show much promise as a new decade dawned."
allmusic
W - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
Pitchfork
Genius (Video)
YouTube: I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
YouTube: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (Full album)

2011 May: A Tribe Called Quest, 2014 October: The Low End Theory (1991), 2015 June: Midnight Marauders (1993)

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