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Classic Hip Hop Albums – A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

“People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm”

People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of ...

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This album is the debut album from A Tribe Called Quest.  The album hit shelves in 1990, at the beginning of the golden age of hip hop.  The album shows a variety of different topics in a humorous way.  This being the first time the group hit the scene left them able to experiment on different styles and bring a new form of hip hop to the scene.  The album covers many different samples from different genres of the past.  This shows the connection the group has with the past as well as an appreciation.  The singles from this album include; “Can I Kick It?” “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo” “Bonita Applebum”.  This classic album earned 5 mics in The Source in 1990, and was added to The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums.

“The Low End Theory”

Cover of

Cover of The Low End Theory

This album was the groups second album released in 1991.  The album shows a strong connection between jazz.  The album shows a distinct connection between the two different forms of Black music, hip hop and jazz.  The album lyrically shows a strong social conscience over the smooth mellow sound of jazz.  Jarobi left the group and Phife had discovered he had diabetes, so this led the group to step up their game and make these intellectual topics to the tracks.  The album featured these popular singles; “Check The Rhime” “Jazz (We’ve Got)” and “Scenerio.”  Rolling Stone listed it as #154 under The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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”Midnight Marauders”

Midnight Marauders

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This third album is my personal favorite album from this group.  It was released in 1993 near the middle of the golden era of hip hop.  The album consisted of many samples from jazz and funk just like the other albums but it had more of a faster paste and a more energized approach than the previous albums.  The cover has faces of the many different people in the hip hop industry at the time.The main hits from the album are “Electric Relaxation”  “Oh My God” and “Award Tour.”  The track Electric Relaxation was featured in the introduction of the television series “The Waynas Brothers.”  The album as well is listed as The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums.


About Cameron

A 90's baby with an old soul. A full time student, (Psychology) & (Public Relations) from the Bay Area, California. Played basketball and drums all my life, amateur guitarist. Big fan of Old-School Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk & Soul music. I guess you can say I was born a few decades late.

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