Beats, Rhymes and Life
by A Tribe Called Quest

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Track Listing

1 Phony Rappers
2 Get a Hold
3 Motivators
4 Jam
5 Crew
6 Pressure, The
7 1nce Again - (featuring Tammy Lucas)
8 Mind Power
9 Hop, The
10 Keeping It Moving
11 Baby Phife's Return
12 Separate/Together
13 What Really Goes On
14 Word Play
15 Stressed Out - (featuring Faith Evans)

Featured Artists: Faith Evans and Consequence and Tammy Lucas

Genre: R&B
  • Genre: Soul/R&B
  • Release Date: July 1996
  • Label: Jive (USA)
  • Format: CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio Format: Stereo
  • Producer: Rashad Smith; The Ummah
Music Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone (8/8/96, p.58) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...near-flawless....few hip-hop acts have so sharply captured the surreal quality that defines what it means to be African-American, a quality in which poker-faced humor and giddy tragedy play tag team with reality..."

Spin (9/96, pp.149-150) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Q-Tip still flows like Rakim's stuffy-nosed brother, slipping over the beat here, bumpin' against it there, and dispensing high-end rhymes like he's spinning them in his PJs over breakfast. Phife, with a few new ragga moves, sounds tougher and more playful than ever..."

Entertainment Weekly (8/9/96, p.58) - "...already has heads buzzing about the return of playful yet potent hip-hop. This time, they tackle everything from O.J. to spirituality with trademark Tribe originality....Can they still kick it? Yes, they can." - Rating: A

Q (10/96, p.172) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - " refreshingly straightforward as the title suggests....the meat as ever is Q-Tip's whimsical, bright and faintly squeaky stream of rapular consciousness..."

The Source (9/96, p.145) - 4 Mics (out of 5) - "...Maturity and spirituality are the underlying, predominant themes bounced between Q-Tip and Phife on their fourth go-round....BEATS proves the Ummah to be the most proficient in the rap game at using samples as instruments in themselves..."

Melody Maker (10/12/96, p.18) - "...Providing both their best and worst thus far, BEATS is magnetic yet frustrating..."

NME (Magazine) (8/10/96, p.51) - 7 (out of 10) - "...a chameleonic beast--revealing hip-hop's hidden hypocrisy one minute, and knocking out friendly grooves for the discerning bongaholic the turns oppressive, startling, hilarious and zonked-out..."

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