People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

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People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
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Studio album by A Tribe Called Quest
Released April 17, 1990
Recorded 1989-1990; Calliope Studios
Battery Studios
Dumb D.J. Towha's DewDrop Inn
(New York, New York)
Genre Golden age hip hop
Alternative hip hop
Jazz rap
Length 64:15
Label Jive/RCA Records
1331-J
Producer A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest chronology
People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
(1990)
The Low End Theory
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/5 stars[4]
NME 9/10[5]
Pitchfork Media 10/10[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[8]
The Source 5/5[9]
The Village Voice B+[10]

People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm is the debut album by the alternative hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, released on April 17, 1990[11] (see 1990 in music) on Jive Records. Though the album was well-received critically, it had little mainstream appeal. The album did earn the band a devoted following, however, within the alternative hip hop community. People's Instinctive Travels was praised for its lyrical inventiveness and bizarre sense of humor, mixed with socially aware and literate message tracks. It is one of three A Tribe Called Quest albums included in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[12] It also was certified gold by the RIAA on January 19, 1996. The record was given the perfect rating of 5 mics in The Source in 1990 — according to Pitchfork, it was the first album ever to receive this honor.[6][9]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Time Performers
1 "Push It Along" 7:42
2 "Luck of Lucien" 4:32
3 "After Hours" 4:39
  • Q-Tip
4 "Footprints" 4:00
  • Q-Tip
5 "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" 4:06
6 "Pubic Enemy" 3:45
7 "Bonita Applebum" 3:50
  • Verses: Q-Tip
  • Outro: Jarobi White
8 "Can I Kick It?" 4:11
  • First verse: Q-Tip
  • Second verse: Phife Dawg
9 "Youthful Expression" 4:52
  • Verses: Q-Tip
  • Outro: Ali Shaheed Muhammad
10 "Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)" 4:01
  • Intro: Prince Paul
  • Verses: Q-Tip
  • Background: The Rhythm Kids
11 "Mr. Muhammad" 3:33
  • First, second & third verses: Q-Tip
  • Fourth verse & background: Phife Dawg
12 "Ham 'n' Eggs" 5:27
  • Chorus: Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White & The Rhythm Kids
  • First verse: Q-Tip & Phife Dawg
  • Second verse: Phife Dawg
  • Third verse: Q-Tip
  • Outro: Jarobi White
13 "Go Ahead in the Rain" 3:54
  • Q-Tip
14 "Description of a Fool" 5:41
  • Q-Tip

Timing misprints in liner notes[edit]

  • "Bonita Applebum" – 3:50 (Notes mistakenly claim 4:11)
  • "Can I Kick It?" – 4:11 (Notes mistakenly claim 4:52)
  • "Youthful Expression" – 4:52 (Notes mistakenly claim 4:01)
  • "Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)" – 4:01 (Notes mistakenly claim 3:33)
  • "Mr. Muhammad" – 3:33 (Notes mistakenly claim 5:27)
  • "Ham 'n' Eggs" – 5:27 (Notes mistakenly claim 3:54)

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reviews were generally positive, and the album made numerous best of lists. Some felt that the group's effort was immature and unfocused.[citation needed] John Bush of allmusic writes "Tribe perhaps experimented too much on their debut, but they succeeded at much of it, certainly enough to show much promise as a new decade dawned".[citation needed]

The album was the first to ever receive a perfect "5 mic" rating from The Source.[6]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
ego trip United States Hip Hop's 25 Greatest Albums by Year 1980-98[13] 1999 #9
Les Inrockuptibles France 50 Years of Rock'n'Roll[14] 2004 *
Les Inrockuptibles France The 100 Best Albums 1986-1996[14] 1996 #60
Mixmag UK The 100 Best Dance Albums of All Time[13] 1996 #36
Mucchio Selvaggio Italy 100 Best Albums by Decade[13] 2002 #21-50
Pop Sweden The World's 100 Best Albums + 300 Complements[13] 1994 #101
Record Collector UK 10 Classic Albums from 21 Genres for the 21st Century[13] 2000 *
Robert Dimery USA 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die[15] 2005 *
Technikart France 50 Albums from the Last 10 Years[16] 1997 *
The Source USA 100 Best Rap Albums of All Time[17] 1998 *
Zundfunk Germany The Best Albums of the 90s[13] 2000 #24
(*) designates lists that are unordered.

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"I Left My Wallet in El Segundo"
  • Released: April 11, 1990
  • B-side: "Pubic Enemy"
"Bonita Applebum"
  • Released: July 5, 1990
  • B-side: "Mr. Muhammad"
"Can I Kick It?"
  • Released: October 29, 1990
  • B-side: "Spirits", "If the Papes Come", "If the Papes Come (Remix)"

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1990 People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm 91 23

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1990 "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" - 9 49
"Bonita Applebum" 56 4 -
"Can I Kick It?" - 8 -

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm – A Tribe Called Quest". AllMusic. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ Tanzilo, Robert (April 26, 1990). "A Tribe Called Quest People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (Jive)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ Sandow, Greg (March 30, 1990). "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ Hunt, Dennis (March 6, 1990). "A Tribe Called Quest 'People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm', Jive/RCA". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ McCann, Ian (May 5, 1990). "A Tribe Called Quest – People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm". NME. Archived from the original on October 12, 2000. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c kris ex (November 13, 2015). "A Tribe Called Quest: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ Eddy, Chuck (April 19, 1990). "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "A Tribe Called Quest". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 822. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  9. ^ a b "A Tribe Called Quest: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm". The Source. 3 (4). 1990. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 31, 1990). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Today in Hip-Hop: A Tribe Called Quest Drops 'People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm' - XXL". XXL. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "The Source: Albums Rated 5 Mics (Out of 5)". rocklist.net. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f "A Tribe Called Quest People's Instinctive Travels by Paths and Rhythms". acclaimedmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  14. ^ a b "Les 100 albums des années 1986 - 1996". lesinrockuptibles.com. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  15. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  16. ^ http://disques.de.l.annee.free.fr/technik.html
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