Beats, Rhymes and Life
|Beats, Rhymes and Life|
|Studio album by A Tribe Called Quest|
|Released||July 30, 1996|
|Recorded||1995–1996; Battery Studios, New York, New York|
|A Tribe Called Quest chronology|
|Entertainment Weekly||A |
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|Yahoo! Music||(favorable) |
Beats, Rhymes and Life is the fourth album of the hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Released in 1996, it followed three years after the highly regarded and successful Midnight Marauders. This album is a departure from the joyful, positive vibe of the earlier albums and is regarded as the group's darkest album in content. It reached number-one on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B Albums charts.
The album was also the first to feature production work from the Ummah a group that was composed of Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jay Dee. One topic on this album was the Death Row vs. Bad Boy rivalry. This album also features Consequence, cousin of rapper Q-Tip, frequently on the album.
It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 1997 and contains a single titled "1nce Again" that was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group the same year. It was certified platinum by the RIAA on October 27, 1998, even though it was not regarded as highly as the group's first three albums.
In the song "Keeping It Moving," Q-Tip responds to the diss comments made about him on Westside Connection's song "Cross ’Em out and Put a K" by saying that comments made about the West from some time before the album were not intended to diss the west coast and that people should not misinterpret his lyrics.
|1||"Phony Rappers"||The Ummah||Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Consequence||3:35|
|2||"Get a Hold"||The Ummah||Q-Tip||3:35|
|3||"Motivators"||The Ummah||Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Consequence||3:20|
|4||"Jam"||The Ummah||Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Consequence||4:38|
|6||"The Pressure"||The Ummah||Q-Tip, Phife Dawg||3:02|
|7||"1nce Again"||The Ummah||Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Tammy Lucas||3:49|
|8||"Mind Power"||The Ummah||Q-Tip, Consequence, Phife Dawg||3:55|
|9||"The Hop"||Rashad Smith||Q-Tip, Phife Dawg||3:27|
|10||"Keeping It Moving"||The Ummah||Q-Tip||3:38|
|11||"Baby Phife's Return"||The Ummah||Phife Dawg, Consequence||3:18|
|13||"What Really Goes On"||The Ummah||Q-Tip||3:23|
|14||"Word Play"||The Ummah||Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Consequence||2:59|
|15||"Stressed Out"||The Ummah||Q-Tip, Consequence, Faith Evans||4:57|
Source: Rap Sample FAQ
- "Phony Rappers"
- "Blind Alley" by The Emotions (from the 1971 album "Untouched")
- "Get a Hold"
- "The Visit (She Was Here)" by The Cyrkle (from the 1967 album "Neon")
- "Sound Pieces" by Michal Urbaniak (from the 1973 album "The Beginning")
- "The Pressure"
- "1nce Again"
- "Mind Power"
- "N.T." by Kool & The Gang (from the 1972 album "Live at P.J.'s")
- "The Hop"
- "Keeping It Moving"
- "Roadwork" by Howard Roberts (from the 1971 album "Antelope Freeway")
- "What Really Goes On"
- "Word Play"
- "The Watcher" by Rodney Franklin (from the 1980 album "You'll Never Know")
- "Stressed Out"
- "Good Love" by Anita Baker (from the 1988 album "Giving You the Best That I Got")
- "Dirty Old Bossa Nova" by Howard Roberts (from the 1963 album "H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player")
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/
Hip Hop Albums
|Billboard Hot 100||Hot R&B/
|Hot Rap Tracks||Hot Dance Singles Sales|
- Allmusic review
- Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
- Entertainment Weekly review
- Album reviews at CD Universe
- Rolling Stone review
- Rolling Stone Album Guide
- The Source review
- Yahoo! Music review[dead link]
- Buy.com - Beats Rhymes & Life - Tribe Called Quest - CD
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- www.the-breaks.com, AKA The (Rap) Sample FAQ
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|Billboard 200 number-one album
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