The Love Movement

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The Love Movement
Studio album by A Tribe Called Quest
Released September 29, 1998
Recorded 1997−1998
1992 (Hot Sex)
Genre Alternative hip hop, Jazz rap, Jazz, Hip hop
Length 48:10; 73:44 (with bonus tracks)
Label Jive
Producer The Ummah, Bay-Lloyd
A Tribe Called Quest chronology
Beats, Rhymes and Life
The Love Movement
The Anthology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Chicago Tribune (unfavorable) link
Robert Christgau (choice cut) link
Entertainment Weekly B+ link
NME (7/10) link
RapReviews (6/10) link
Rhapsody (favorable) link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars 1998 2004
SF Weekly (favorable) link
The Source 3.5/5 stars link

The Love Movement is a 1998 album by hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. It was the group's fifth and final album of original material. Musically, it followed in the same vein as Beats, Rhymes and Life, featuring the smooth, and jazz-oriented beats of The Ummah. Critical reaction was mostly positive, for the album was a return to the original positive sound of their first three albums.[citation needed] The lead single, "Find a Way" secured major airplay on mainstream radio stations, even in the UK and was a particularly good example of the relaxed vibe which defined this farewell album. Although "Like It like That" was issued on 12" as the second single, the album had no proper second video. However, many songs like "Steppin' It Up" were played on various radio stations. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album gold on November 1, 1998.[1]

Ben Ratliff of The New York Times wrote that the album's music was one "a fan could grow up with a bit rather than discarding after adolescence; it was sexual, wry and funny, coming with a range of expression that could include anger, satire, constructive preaching, and sentimentality; it was conscious of black entertainment's past."[2]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer(s) Time
1 "Start It Up" The Ummah Q-Tip 3:18
2 "Find A Way" The Ummah Q-Tip, Phife Dawg 3:23
3 "Da Booty" The Ummah Q-Tip, Phife Dawg 3:20
4 "Steppin' It Up" The Ummah Busta Rhymes, Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Redman 3:21
5 "Like It like That" The Ummah Q-Tip 2:46
6 "Common Ground (Get It Goin' On)" The Ummah Q-Tip, Phife Dawg 2:49
7 "4 Moms" The Ummah Spanky 1:49
8 "His Name Is Mutty Ranks" The Ummah Phife Dawg 1:56
9 "Give Me" The Ummah N.O.R.E., Q-Tip, Phife Dawg 3:27
10 "Pad & Pen" The Ummah Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, D-Life 3:23
11 "Busta's Lament" The Ummah, Bay-Lloyd Q-Tip, Phife Dawg 2:38
12 "Hot 4 U" The Ummah Q-Tip, Phife Dawg 3:15
13 "Against the World" The Ummah Q-Tip, Phife Dawg 3:58
14 "The Love" The Ummah Q-Tip 4:02
15 "Rock Rock Y'all" The Ummah Punchline, Jane Doe, Wordsworth, Q-Tip, Mos Def 4:17
16 "Scenario" [Remix] [*] A Tribe Called Quest Kid Hood, Phife Dawg, Cut Monitor Milo, Charlie Brown, Dinco D, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes 5:18
17 "Money Maker" [*] The Ummah Q-Tip 4:22
18 "Hot Sex" [*] A Tribe Called Quest Phife Dawg, Q-Tip 2:46
19 "Oh My God" [Remix] [*] A Tribe Called Quest Q-Tip, Phife Dawg 4:02
20 "Jazz (We've Got)" (Re-recording) [*] A Tribe Called Quest Phife Dawg, Q-Tip 4:18
21 "One Two Shit" [*] A Tribe Called Quest Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Busta Rhymes 4:32

[*] limited edition bonus tracks


Track Samples
"Find a Way"
  • "Technova (La Em Copacabana)" by Towa Tei
"The Love"
"Busta's Lament"
  • "Goin' Through Changes" by Feather
"Steppin' It Up"
"Rock Rock Y'all"
"Pad & Pen"
"Start It Up"


Charts (1998)[3][4] Peak
Canadian Albums Chart 2
UK Albums Chart 38
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 3
U.S. Billboard 200 3


Year Single Peak chart positions[5]
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1992 "Hot Sex" 99 27
1998 "Find a Way" 71 29 18
"Like It like That"

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


  1. ^ Search Results - "The Love Movement". Recording Industry Association of America. Accessed December 11, 2008.
  2. ^ Ratliff, Ben (November 27, 1998). POP REVIEW; After a Decade, Rap's Tribe Called Quest Goes Silent. The New York Times. Accessed December 11, 2008.
  3. ^ Warwick, Neil; Kutner, Jon; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts, p. 1122. Omnibus Press. ISBN 1-84449-058-0.
  4. ^ allmusic ((( The Love Movement > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). Allmusic. Accessed December 11, 2008.
  5. ^ allmusic ((( The Love Movement > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))). Allmusic. Accessed December 11, 2008.