Dudes News Wishes Tribe’s Breakthrough Album a Happy 23rd Birthday
On April 17, 1990, Jive/RCA released “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm”- the first full length album by legendary hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest. Although the record did not achieve much mainstream recognition, it was certainly embraced by the hip-hop community in which it was created and founded on. The album is just as cherished as it was 23 years ago- making its mark in history alongside the group of hip-hop artists categorized as Native Tongues for their often optimistic Afrocentric flow over jazz and sample influenced beats. “People’s Instinctive…” was released just a year after fellow Native Tongues group De La Soul’s debut, “3 Feet High and Rising.”
Memorable debut Tribe tracks include singles, “Bonita Applebum,” “Can I Kick It?” and “I Left My Wallet In El Segundo.” “People’s Instinctive…” was recorded in 1989 and 1990 in New York City at Calliope Studios, Battery Studios, and Dumb D.J. Towha’s DewDrop Inn. It’s interesting to look back at this as the first time the world was introduced to these now legendary MCs. Q-Tip is the first member of the group the ears meet in the first track, “Push It Along” followed by Phife and Jarobi. The album features samples from prominent musicians such as The Beatles, Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Richard Pryor, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder and Sugar Hill Gang.
Celebrate PITATPOF’s birthday through reminiscing its greatness: