A Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes & Life (CD)

Tribe Called Quest


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Categories
R&BHip-HopReggaeMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. R&B
  3. East Coast Rap
Number of Items
1
Title
Beats, Rhymes and Life
Media
CD
BarCode
012414158727
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Zomba
Distributor
BMG (distributor)
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
012414158727
Previews

Rolling Stone (8/8/96, p.58) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...near-flawless....few hip-hop acts have so sharply captured the surreal quality that defines what it means to be African-American, a quality in which poker-faced humor and giddy tragedy play tag team with reality..."
Spin (9/96, pp.149-150) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Q-Tip still flows like Rakim's stuffy-nosed brother, slipping over the beat here, bumpin' against it there, and dispensing high-end rhymes like he's spinning them in his PJs over breakfast. Phife, with a few new ragga moves, sounds tougher and more playful than ever..."
Entertainment Weekly (8/9/96, p.58) - "...already has heads buzzing about the return of playful yet potent hip-hop. This time, they tackle everything from O.J. to spirituality with trademark Tribe originality....Can they still kick it? Yes, they can." - Rating: A
Q (10/96, p.172) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...as refreshingly straightforward as the title suggests....the meat as ever is Q-Tip's whimsical, bright and faintly squeaky stream of rapular consciousness..."
The Source (9/96, p.145) - 4 Mics (out of 5) - "...Maturity and spirituality are the underlying, predominant themes bounced between Q-Tip and Phife on their fourth go-round....BEATS proves the Ummah to be the most proficient in the rap game at using samples as instruments in themselves..."
Melody Maker (10/12/96, p.18) - "...Providing both their best and worst thus far, BEATS is magnetic yet frustrating..."
NME (Magazine) (8/10/96, p.51) - 7 (out of 10) - "...a chameleonic beast--revealing hip-hop's hidden hypocrisy one minute, and knocking out friendly grooves for the discerning bongaholic the next....by turns oppressive, startling, hilarious and zonked-out..."

Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Phony Rappers
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Get A Hold
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Motivators
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Jam
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Crew
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Pressure, The
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] 1nce Again - (featuring Tammy Lucas)
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Mind Power
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Hop, The
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Keep It Moving
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Baby Phife's Return
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Separate/together
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] What Really Goes On
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Word Play
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Stressed Out - (featuring Faith Evans)
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Phony Rappers
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Get a Hold
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Motivators
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Jam
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Crew
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Pressure, The
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] 1nce Again - (featuring Tammy Lucas)
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Mind Power
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Hop, The
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Keeping It Moving
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Baby Phife's Return
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Separate/Together
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] What Really Goes On
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Word Play
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Stressed Out - (featuring Faith Evans)
Genre
Rap / Hip Hop
Release Date
15 July 1996
Country
South Africa
Notes

A Tribe Called Quest: Q-Tip, Phife, Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
Additional personnel: Consequence, Faith Evans, Tammy Lucas (vocals); Rashad Smith (various instruments); Mase (scratches).
Recorded at Battery Studios, New York, New York.
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.
Personnel: Consequence, Phife Dawg, Q-Tip (vocals); Pasemaster Mase (scratches).
DJ: Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
Audio Mixers: The Ummah; Tony Smalios; Bob Power.
Recording information: Battery Studios.
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.

Date Released
1999-01-01
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
A Tribe Called Quest
Producer
Rashad Smith; The Ummah
Artists
  1. A Tribe Called Quest
Duration
51m 18s
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