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WRT 205 Hip Hop America A Critical Inquiry A Tribes Travels Through the Paths of Rhythm You on point Phife 1nce again Tip Word Watch me bust they sht and thats just what A Tribe called Quest did emerging onto the Hip Hop scene with a new flavor and attitude never before seen in a genre primarily dominated by gangster rap Comprised of Q-Tip Sharobi Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Phife The tribe debuted in 1989 releasing the album Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm one year later Throughout the 90s the group evolved into without a doubt one of the most articulate Hip Hop groups They address a variety of issues from date rape to the trials and tribulations of the rap industry before their break up in 1998 after the release of their album The Love Movement As trendsetters they created a style of Jazz-Hop that inspired a number of artists that followed such as Arrested Development and Mos Def One of the later albums Beats Rhymes and Life employs a different cover style a different group logo and the addition of group member Consequence making it obvious that the mus ic might also move to a different beat Musically the main difference between this album and the others are the beats and background music Although worth buying and necessary for the progression of the groups success Bush the album does not highlight the same ideas or musically reflect what the first album and the original group stood for If the group had stuck to the ideals depicted in their first album they would still be traveling on their paths of rhythm today Push It Along is the first track off the debut album It sets the stage for the Tribe and the soon to be famous rappers Q-tip and Pheife to introduce themselves to the world in a burst of mellow jazzmatic
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