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Album Review

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. With "Pubic Enemy," they put a humorous spin on the touchy subject of venereal disease (including a special award for the most inventive use of the classic "scratchin'" sample), and moved right into a love rap, "Bonita Applebum," which alternated a sitar sample with the type of jazzy keys often heard on later Tribe tracks. "Description of a Fool" took to task those with violent tendencies, while "Youthful Expression" spoke wisely of the power yet growing responsibility of teenagers. Next to important message tracks with great productions, A Tribe Called Quest could also be deliciously playful (or frustratingly unserious, depending on your opinion). "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" describes a vacation gone hilariously wrong, while "Ham 'n' Eggs" may be the oddest topic for a rap track ever heard up to that point ("I don't eat no ham and eggs, cuz they're high in cholesterol"). Contrary to the message in the track titles, the opener "Push It Along" and "Rhythm (Dedicated to the Art of Moving Butts)" were fusions of atmospheric samples with tough beats, special attention being paid to a pair of later Tribe sample favorites, jazz guitar and '70s fusion synth. 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.

Customer Reviews

Hip-Hop Genius

This is one of the least appreciated hip-hop albums of all time. Not to say it isn't considered great, but it is a huge ommision from 'Best Hip-Hop' lists, when I believe it is A Tribe Called Quest's best album, making it one of the best by defult. Seriously, buy this you won't regrete it.

I love this album

I remember back in 92 driving to a university interview (I never got the place, the school was way outta my league) thinking tribe were one of the greatest bands on earth. I knew nothing about music, hip hop, culture or even academics but I knew how to kick it! Peace and love

They were teenagers!

This album is a marvellous testament to fresh talent and inventiveness. There is not a weak moment on it. It is very accomplished for a debut and one from a group of guys so young! and is in no way 'experimental as the review above suggests. Every track is a lesson in beats and samples, simple but always funky and self-assured. It is underrated as an album and it is a pity that the Tribe themselves did not continue in this vein for very long. Incidently, the title of the 6th track is 'PUBIC Enemy' and not 'Public enemy' and it is a cheeky joke at the expense of Chuck D and crew, though surely not one he would mind very much.


Formed: 1988 in Queens, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Without question the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest jump-started and perfected the hip-hop alternative to hardcore and gangsta rap. In essence, they abandoned the macho posturing rap music had been constructed upon, and focused instead on abstract philosophy and message tracks. The "sucka MC" theme had never been completely ignored in hip-hop, but Tribe confronted numerous black issues -- date rape, use of the word nigger, the trials and tribulations of...
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