The Anthology (A Tribe Called Quest album)

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The Anthology
Greatest hits album by A Tribe Called Quest
Released October 26, 1999
Recorded 1989-1998
Genre Alternative hip hop, jazz rap
Length 71:18
Label Jive Records
Producer A Tribe Called Quest, Hoods, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, The Ummah
A Tribe Called Quest chronology
The Love Movement
The Anthology
Hits, Rarities & Remixes
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (mixed)[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau A[5]
The Source (favorable)[4]
UKMIX 5/5 stars[6]

The Anthology is A Tribe Called Quest's 1999 greatest hits compilation spanning their entire career. The compilation contains songs from all of their currently existing full-length catalogue, including People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, Beats, Rhymes and Life and The Love Movement. It also contains Q-Tip's "Vivrant Thing", which was featured on the first music compilation for Violator Management. The song would also later be featured on Q-Tip's solo effort, Amplified. The album cover features Erykah Badu with fluorescent stripes of green and orange reminiscent of the traditional colors of the Kente tribe of the north Congo.

In the UK, a limited edition album was released with a bonus remix CD. The album was accompanied by The Video Anthology, a DVD release which contained most of the group's videos. However, the DVD was lackluster to many fans, with its unexplained omissions of "Hot Sex" and "Stressed Out" with Faith Evans. It is believed that these videos were omitted for legal issues. "Hot Sex" is originally from the soundtrack of the film Boomerang, and there may have been issues with Faith Evans and/or her management clearing her appearance on "Stressed Out".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Check the Rhime" – 3:38
  2. "Bonita Applebum" – 3:36
  3. "Award Tour" – 3:26
    • Featuring Trugoy
  4. "Can I Kick It?" – 4:24
  5. "Scenario" – 4:09
  6. "Buggin' Out" – 3:39
  7. "If the Papes Come" – 4:14
  8. "Electric Relaxation" – 3:46
  9. "Jazz (We've Got)" – 4:10
  10. "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" – 4:06
  11. "Hot Sex" – 2:45
  12. "Oh My God" – 3:24
  13. "Stressed Out" – 4:53
  14. "Luck of Lucien" – 4:32
  15. "Description of a Fool" – 5:41
  16. "Keeping It Moving" – 3:48
  17. "Find a Way" – 3:23
  18. "Sucka Nigga" – 3:56
  19. "Vivrant Thing" – 3:11

Bonus CD[edit]

In the UK, a limited edition album was released with a bonus remix CD.

  1. "Bonita Applebum (12" Why? Edit)"
  2. "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo (Vampire Mix)"
  3. "Pubic Enemy (Saturday Night Virus Discomix)"
  4. "Can I Kick It? (Extended Boilerhouse Mix)"
  5. "Scenario (Young Nation Mix)"
  6. "Bonita Applebum (Hootie Mix)"
  7. "Oh My God (UK Flavour Radio Mix)"