Album Review: A Tribe Called Quest's 'People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm'

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The classic A Tribe Called Quest album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm has been rereleased in honor of the 25th anniversary of the project and the new one comes with a few new remixed tracks by J. Cole, Pharrell Williams and CeeLo Green.

The People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (25th Anniversary Edition) album commemorates the debut project from A Tribe Called Quest. The album is remastered but each of the hits remain as classic as the day they were released back in April of 1990.

The group, which consisted of Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip and Jarobi White brought a fresh sound to hip-hop.

Their philosophical lyrics continued to resonate through the ears of listeners and now 25 years later it's doing the same with the People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (25th Anniversary Edition).

The album itself is an almost identical version to the original classic. However, it's gotten a fresh twist from Pharrell Williams, CeeLo Green and J. Cole. Williams shares a Neptune-esque beat for "Bonita Applebum" that gives the song a jazzy and smooth feel.

It's a big difference from the overall 90's vibe of the track but very refreshing nonetheless. CeeLo Green's remix of "Footprints" is given a slight twist that adds even more bounce to the track.

The already groovy pace is accentuated with a house-party styled beat.

Footprints (CeeLo Green Remix)

Bonita Applebum (Pharrell Williams Remix)

While both Williams and Green shine in their own light, J. Cole's remixed version of "Can I Kick It?" is an absolute masterpiece. J. Cole stays true to the 90's style of hip-hop and blends a tasteful variety of instruments to create a very classy tune.

It's very easy and soothing to the ears whereas the original is a bit more out there. It's great to see new artists embracing and interpreting the A Tribe Called Quest classics in their own way.

The People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (25th Anniversary Edition) album is a refreshing reminder of the roots of hip-hop and how they simply cannot be forgotten.

Can I Kick It? (J. Cole Remix)

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