Hey everyone, sorry for the long wait. On our 9th segment of Beats & Eats, where we mix delectable delights and hip-hop goodies, we're gonna take it back to the old school with the debut album of one of hip-hop's most beloved acts.
A Tribe Called Quest's People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
Tribe, then a rapping trio with the additional talents of DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad, dropped People's Instinctive Travels at the height of the Golden Age of Hip Hop in 1990 under JIVE records. Relatively unknown then, the group was overshadowed by their Native Tongue brethren such as De La Soul and The Jungle Brothers.
People's Instinctive Travels avoided mainstream hip-hop subject matter at the time, preferring lighthearted humorous content and positive messages prevalent in songs like,"Bonita Applebum" and "Ham n' Eggs". Although this took place before Tribe earned fame as the famous rapping duo Q-Tip and Phife Dawg (Jarobi left after the making of this album), their chemistry together in each track shines through and through; Phife with his grounded, earthy rhymes, and Q-Tip with his signature drippy flow. So, what treat should you snack on to Tribe's first record?
The Eat to this Beat is... yes. They are actually beets. Beats and Beets. Looking at this record, we sure as hell know one thing: When we're slapping it to People's Instinctive Travels, we don't eat no ham n' eggs. They're high in cholesterol. Also probably cause Q-Tip is a proclaimed Sunni muslim, and doesn't eat pork. And maybe cause a funky diabetic probably shouldn't eat that. No, not this time. Beats & Eats goes healthy when bumping Tribe. Put a salad on your plate.
"A collage of good eats, some snacks or nice treats/ applesauce and some nice red beets." -"Ham n' Eggs"
Bonus points if you got applesauce, collard greens, or an occasional steak.