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|
|Producer||The Ummah, Rashad Smith|
|A Tribe Called Quest chronology|
|Singles from Beats, Rhymes and Life|
|Christgau's Consumer Guide|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
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. The album frequently features rapper Consequence, Q-Tip's cousin.
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.
|“||Somethin for your earhole
So you can clean them shits out
|— Q-Tip, Keeping It Moving|
- All tracks produced by The Ummah, except track 9 produced by Rashad Smith.
|1.||"Phony Rappers"||Kamaal Fareed, Malik Taylor, Dexter Mills Jr.||3:35|
|2.||"Get a Hold"||Fareed, James Yancey||3:35|
|3.||"Motivators"||Fareed, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Taylor, Mills||3:20|
|4.||"Jam"||Fareed, Taylor, Mills||4:38|
|6.||"The Pressure"||Fareed, Muhammad, Taylor||3:02|
|7.||"1nce Again" (featuring Tammy Lucas)||Fareed, Muhammad, Taylor, Yancey, Steve Swallow||3:49|
|8.||"Mind Power"||Fareed, Muhammad, Taylor, Mills||3:55|
|9.||"The Hop"||Fareed, Taylor, Rashad Smith||3:27|
|10.||"Keeping It Moving"||Fareed, Yancey||3:38|
|11.||"Baby Phife's Return"||Fareed, Taylor||3:18|
|13.||"What Really Goes On"||Fareed, Leroy Bonner, Greg Webster, Andrew Noland, Marshall Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Walter Morrison, Marvin Pierce, Bruce Napier||3:23|
|14.||"Word Play"||Fareed, Taylor, Mills, Yancey||2:59|
|15.||"Stressed Out" (featuring Faith Evans)||Fareed, Muhammad, Mills, Faith Evans, Yancey, Gary Taylor||4:57|
Get a Hold
Keeping It Moving
Baby Phife's Return
What Really Goes On
|UK Albums (OCC)||28|
|US Billboard 200||1|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||1|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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