people's instinctive travel and the paths of rhythm

Explaining the return of A Tribe Called Quest to the pop firmament is nigh impossible without hyperbole, so here goes: Imagine The Beatles had reunited to give us all one last classic, something as substantive as Abbey Road — instead of “Free as a Bird,” the quaint single the Fab Four released 25 years after breaking up. Tribe wasn’t the first hip-hop act to try sensitivity (after all, LL Cool J’s “I Need Love” predates the group’s 1990 debut, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm). But the members — Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White — brought an everyman aspect to rap at a time when it was dominated by groups of outsized, superheroic stature: Run-DMC, N.W.A, Public Enemy. The release today of new music from the venerated crew, 18 years after what was supposed to be its final album, is that impossibly rare musical event: a long gone, much beloved act reappearing with its creative powers intact.

We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service is both a reunion and a tribute, arriving just a few months after the death of Phife Dawg, whose lyrical interplay with fellow MC Q-Tip was the backbone of the group for much of its history and who contributed to the album before succumbing to complications from diabetes in March. In that way, the album is a throwback, the first true collaboration between Tip and Phife since the group broke up in 1998. But within its first few tracks, We Got It from Here announces itself as a product of its moment.

A Tribe Called Quest Stands United, One Last Time

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Caption: A Tribe Called quest performs at the 2013 SXSW music festival. Left to right: Jarobi White, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

Today is the 25th Anniversary for A Tribe Called Quest Timeless Classic Album “ People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths Rhythm.” This is one of my top albums of all time. 

“ATCQ 25th” - By Graph Atik 


J. Cole Remixes ‘Can I Kick It?’ by A Tribe Called Quest

November 13 marks the 25th Anniversary  of Tribe Called Quest’s 1990 debut LP, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. To celebrate, the rap group is dropping a re-issue of the classic album with three fresh remixes. North Carolina rapper J. Cole added his own spin to the hit song “Can I Kick It? 

You can pick up a copy of the 25th anniversary edition of A Tribe Called Quest’s debut album on November 13th.
Tribe Called Quest star Phife Dawg dies aged 45 - BBC News
Rapper Phife Dawg, a member of rap pioneers A Tribe Called Quest, dies at the age of 45.

The musician had been struggling with ill health and diabetes for several years, and received a kidney transplant from his wife in 2008.  Born Malik Isaac Taylor in 1970, he co-founded the philosophically-focused rap group in 1985 with his classmates Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Their biggest hit came in 1991, with the single Can I Kick It?

The band recently reformed to perform the song on Jimmy Fallon’s US chat show, as they marked the 25th anniversary of their debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.