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  • Audio CD (30 July 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B00000053T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Phony RappersA Tribe Called Quest 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Get A HoldA Tribe Called Quest 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. MotivatorsA Tribe Called Quest 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The JamA Tribe Called Quest 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. CrewA Tribe Called Quest 1:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The PressureA Tribe Called Quest 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 1nce Again (Radio Version)A Tribe Called Quest feat. Tammy Lucas 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mind PowerA Tribe Called Quest 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The HopA Tribe Called Quest 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Keeping It MovingA Tribe Called Quest 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Baby Phife's ReturnA Tribe Called Quest 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Separate/TogetherA Tribe Called Quest 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. What Really Goes OnA Tribe Called Quest 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Word PlayA Tribe Called Quest 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Stressed Out (LP Version)A Tribe Called Quest featuring Faith Evans 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 

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CD-15 TRACKS-EAN 012414158727

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By d.cullen@etoncollege.org.uk on 16 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
The common misconception that tribe's omnipotence ends with the last beat of the last song of their third album is nullified by this disc of supreme quality, encapsulating all that is hip-hop. In fact, unlike other tribe albums, this disc contains no flawing tracks, and is a fine example of consistently smooth intelligent yet humourous songwriting. 'Phony Rappers', 'Jam' and particularly 'Hop' shine, and the welcome return to a smoother style apparent in their first album, 'People's Instinctive travels...' brings out the best in this immortal group. Q-Tip's honeyed lyricism is well complemented by a more prominent inclusion of Phife and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, culminating in an all round devastating compilation. A more than worthy successor to Midnight Marauders, it is an essential for anyone who would call themselves a tribe fan. As salaam-u-alaikum.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "jhstyles" on 27 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Upon first hearing one of the tribe's tracks on the internet, i had to buy one of their albums, just to see if this brilliant track was just a one-off or a regular trademark of the musically-inclined trio. When I bought this album, the latter happened, and to my suprise, hear was a hip-hop group worth listenin to.
So Where would you like to start? shall we start on the beats? Everyone of the tracks tastes of super-cool, Jazz-meets-now, a living fingerprint of the time spent trawling through 50's jazz, and unlike most of today's near-miss artists, The Tribe hits the bullseye. Tracks Like "Keeping It Moving" show us that whatever musical genre they dip their sticky sampling fingers into, they still pull out a genuine Quest sound, and it sounds like Hip-Hop, wherever it originated.
And The Rhymes?? What else would you expect? Q-tip's lyrically canny as usual, using the unusual rhyme patterns and content associated with himself. He sounds lazy, yet cool, stupid, yet intellectual, a living perplexion which is a joy to hear. Phife's pure agression and clean-cut sound also add another ingredient to the recipe, providing that blend of agression, cool and just all-round funk that makes you, by just listening to this album, a cut above your usual stereotypical rap thug.
The album's title says it all, this album becomes a part of your life. It reflects moods, party atmosphere, and that perspective of 1990's black america. If rap groups take steps to improve the genre, then the quest takes giant strides, smashing it's heritage with a kind of arrogance only found with A Tribe Called Quest.
So the answer you're looking for? Yes, click the "buy" button!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "faulteroy" on 5 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is my first review, motivated by the fact that this quality album was not even rated yet. 'Beats Rhymes and Life' is the Tribe's best album and probably my favourite of all time. More mature and lest dated than their earlier work and not as experimental as 'The Love Movement', there isn't a weak track on it, just flowing funky beats that have me hopping around the room everytime I hear it. And no matter how many listens it gets, I don't get sick of it. The sign of a truly great album? Works especially well with the volume set to the max.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. M. Smith on 24 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
this instantly defines itself as a much different record than tribes two previous(both hip hop classics). for a start, its not as good as those 2 records, secondly the sound, while still jazzy and funky, is much crisper and harder. some would say this is because of the hardcore renaissance of the mid 90s, others that its Jay-Dees production that makes it different. either way its a great album in its own right. Phife and Q-Tip are just as quotable/scratchable on this album, with Phife providing unique battle raps and observations, and Tip proving his alias of 'The Abstract' by dropping some of the most cryptic lines of his career.
if you own tribes first 3 joints then youll enjoy this, its as good if not better than their debut, and melodically reminiscent of their 2nd and 3rd.
i want a 6th album from tribe now.
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