A TRIBE CALLED QUEST: BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST: BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE

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BEATS, RHYMES AND LIFE was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. “1nce Again” was nominated for a 1997 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By a Duo Or Group. a Tribe Called Quest seem to grow, both musically and lyrically, with every LP, constantly setting standards for other rappers to follow. But they rarely stray from their chosen path. Since their 1990 debut, hip-hop has gone through numerous phases (new jack swing, gangster, hardcore), but the Tribe have remained focused on the music’s true elements: BEATS, RHYMES AND LIFE. Produced by the Ummah, which consists of the Tribe’s Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad along with newcomer Jay Dee, BEATS, RHYMES AND LIFE sports the usual jazzy beats, and reintroduces Tribe as the all-around hip-hop group. Muhammad’s use of funky samples, Phife’s self-satisfying attitude, and Q-Tip’s abstract poetry are only part of the reason why the trio keeps rap music on lockdown. There are other bands capable of experimenting with new sounds while delivering lyrical positivism, but they often forget how to simply rock the crowd. a Tribe Called Quest does that, too.

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Tribe’s fourth album, Beats, Rhymes, and Life, should be the awkward one, the album on which the group, growing up, falters a little as it figures out what it’s going to do next. It isn’t. Marked by a number of changes, both internally (this is the album on which the Ummah production crew takes over, and it also marks Q-Tip’s new religious faith) and externally (by 1996 Quest’s jazzy approach to hip-hop had fallen out of popular favor), Beats finds Tribe taking it as it comes and handling all of the challenges with flair. It’s a slower, steadier album than either People’s Instinctive Travels or The Low End Theory, but that’s a description, not a complaint; rather, it gives you plenty of time to enjoy jams like “1nce Again.” It doesn’t hurt that Q-Tip and Phife Dog are feeling the flow here; an inspired pairing with distinctive voices and different strengths, they trade verses with fluid grace. –Randy Silver –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tracklist
A1 Phony Rappers 3:35
A2 Get A Hold 3:35
A3 Motivators 3:20
B1 Jam 4:38
B2 Crew 1:58
B3 The Pressure 3:02
B4 1nce Again 3:49
C1 Mind Power 3:55
C2 The Hop 3:27
C3 Keeping It Moving 3:38
C4 Baby Phife’s Return 3:18
D1 Separate / Together 1:38
D2 What Really Goes On 3:23
D3 Word Play 2:59
D4 Stressed Out 4:57

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