Today, Oct. 13, 2015, A Tribe Called Quest will reissue its classic debut album, “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.”
If there was ever an album that reshaped the landscape of the hip hop culture, this was it.
With Ali Shaheed Muhammad manning the wheels and with the group collectively being credited as producer, the album’s sound helped usher in the jazz-rap era.
This was very important as hip hop, at the time, was very anchored in the gangsta rap aesthetic. It was “People’s Instinctive…” that helped introduce one of the cornerstones of the Native Tongue’s movement (along with De La Soul, the Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love and others), which gave a much needed respite for those not into the more urban and visceral trends surrounding the era’s grittier “reality rap.”
The sound and tone of the album arguably was the precursor to the more experimental — sonically, emotionally and otherwise — of hip hop’s current 3 kings: J Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Drake.
The album produced classic singles including “Bonita Applebum,” “Can I Kick It,” and “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo” and earned the group early critical acclaim, even snagging the Source Magazine’s then-coveted 5 mic rating.
The album’s reissue includes Pharrell’s rendition on “Bonita Applebum”, J. Cole’s take on “Can I Kick It” and a Cee-Lo Green remix of “Footprints”.
Check out each track below:
To celebrate the album’s reissue, the group will perform on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”.