People's Instinctive Travels CD (1990)

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by TB on 10/15/2013

A Tribe Called Quest is the epitome of '90s hip-hop. Jazz-infused beats and the night-and-day difference of Phife's and Qtip's voices are just magical. It's an oldie, but it doesn't feel "old" listening to it - it feels "classic". If you like old hip-hop/rap, do yourself a favor and pick up this classic.

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Product Overview


Label Bmg/jive/silvertone
SKU 60022171
UPC 012414133120
UPC 14 00012414133120
Format CD
Release Date 4/3/1990
Author Tribe Called Quest
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Technical Info
Producer A Tribe Called Quest
CatalogID 1331
Lable Name Jive (USA)
Released 04/03/1990
Original Release 1990
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 64m : 17s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00012414133120
Musical Guests
Jarobi & The Rhythm Kids
Album Notes and Credits
A Tribe Called Quest: Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Mohammed, Phife, Jairobi.
Additional personnel: Jarobi And The Rhythm Kids.
Engineers include: Dr. Shane Faber, Bob "Locked" Power, Anthony Saunders.
Recorded at Calliope Studios, Battery Studios and Dumb D.J. Towha's Dew Drop Inn, New York.
Personnel: Phife Dawg, Q-Tip (vocals).
DJ: Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
Audio Mixer: A Tribe Called Quest.
Recording information: Battery Studios, New York, NY; Calliope Studios, New York, NY; Dumb DJ Towha's Dew Drop Inn; Sumb D.J. Towha's Dew Drop Inn.
Photographer: Ari Marcopoulos.
The narrative of two inner city youths on a pilgrimage across the U.S./Mexican border framing "I Left My Wallet In El Segundo," is a nice guiding metaphor for the door-opening, border-crossing effects PEOPLE'S INSTINCTIVE TRAVELS had on '80s Nuyorcentric hip-hop culture. As the title suggests, b-boys of the Native Tongues era found themselves traveling far from hip-hop's familiar stomping grounds (literally and musically) in order to reach the plane where Zulu Nation elders Red Alert and Afrika Bambataa witnessed it's birth.
ATCQ later stripped their sound down to bare necessities in order to rebuild it, but their debut is as eclectic as the claim-checks adorning your suitcase after a world tour. Accordingly, Tribe expand hip-hop's framework to make room for the continental flavor of "Luck Of Lucien," the Mariachi flavor of "El Segundo," the vibes/sitar hook of "Bonita Applebum" and of course a powerful injection of jazz and soul. More important than the jazz records they sampled, however, was Tribe's resurrection of jazz's spontaneity, play and improvisation, not to mention its bohemian world-view. To paraphrase "Rhythm;" "Look what we did; removed the crust from the third eyelid."
Artist Overview
The early-1990s advent of A Tribe Called Quest represented one of the key evolutions in rap music. The New York group signaled a shift from the boisterous braggadocio of the old school to a more laid-back, fun-loving form buoyed by sophisticated production and thoughtful, positive lyrics. The Tribe's hallmarks were all in evidence on their debut: the low-key delivery of lead rapper Q-Tip, the jazzy instrumental touches, and the oddball samples. Over the next few releases, the group showed major growth, musically and lyrically, pushing the boundaries of hip-hop and influencing a new generation of rappers in the process.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly - "'ll be rewarded if you listen to it..." - Rating: A-
Mojo (Publisher) (6/00, p.125) - "...TCQ's freestyle jazz-poetry tackles the big issues - diet, tourism, sex and the perils of public lice."
Disc 1
1 Push It Along
2 Luck Of Lucien
3 After Hours
4 Footprints
5 I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
6 Pubic Enemy
7 Bonita Applebum
8 Can I Kick It?
9 Youthful Expression
10 Rhythm (Devoted To The Art Of Moving Butts)
11 Mr. Muhammad
12 Ham 'N' Eggs
13 Go Ahead In The Rain
14 Description Of A Fool

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