People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm  

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People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm is the debut alternative hip hop album by A Tribe Called Quest, released on April 17, 1990 (see 1990 in music). Though the album was well-received critically, it had little mainstream appeal. It did earn the band a devoted following however, within the alternative hip hop community. People's Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm was praised for its lyrical inventiveness and bizarre sense of humor, mixed with socially aware and literate message tracks. It is one of three A Tribe Called Quest albums included in The Source Magazine's 100 Best Rap Albums.

Critical reviews were generally positive, but many felt that the group's effort was immature and unfocused. John Bush of allmusic writes "Tribe perhaps experimented too much on their debut, but they succeeded at much of it, certainly enough to show much promise as a new decade dawned".

Track listing

# Title Time Performers Samples
1 "Push It Along" 7:42
2 "Luck of Lucien" 4:32
3 "After Hours" 4:39
  • All verses: Q-Tip
4 "Footprints" 4:00
  • All verses: Q-Tip
5 "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" 4:06
  • All verses: Q-Tip
  • Background: Phife Dawg
6 "Public Enemy" 3:45
  • First, second & third verses: Q-Tip
  • Fourth verse & background: DJ Red Alert
  • "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" by Vaughan Mason & Crew (from the 1981 album Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll)
  • "Pity for the Lonely" by Luther Ingram (from the 1972 album I've Been Here All the Time)
  • "Communication Is Where It's At" by Billy Baron and His Smokin Challengers
  • "Do the Funky Penguin" by Rufus Thomas
  • "D'Ya Like Scratchin'" by Malcolm McLaren & The World Famous Supreme Team
7 "Bonita Applebum" 3:50
  • All verses: Q-Tip
  • Outro: Jarobi White
8 "Can I Kick It?" 4:11
  • First verse: Q-Tip
  • Second verse: Phife Dawg
9 "Youthful Expression" 4:52
10 "Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)" 4:01
  • Intro: Ali Shaheed Muhammad
  • All verses: Q-Tip
  • Background: The Rhythm Kids
11 "Mr. Muhammad" 3:33
  • First, second & third verses: Q-Tip
  • Fourth verse & background: Phife Dawg
  • "Brazilian Rhyme" by Earth, Wind & Fire (from the 1977 album All N All)
  • "Electric Frog (Part 1)" by Kool & The Gang (from the 1971 album Music is the Message)
  • "Vertical Invader" by Weather Report (from the 1972 album I Sing the Body Electric)
12 "Ham 'n' Eggs" 5:27
  • Chorus: Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White & The Rhythm Kids
  • First verse: Q-Tip & Phife Dawg
  • Second verse: Phife Dawg
  • Third verse: Q-Tip
  • Outro: Jarobi White
  • "Nappy Dugout" by Funkadelic (from the 1973 album Cosmic Slop)
  • "We've Gotta Find a Way Back to Love" by Freda Payne (from the 1973 album Reaching Out)
13 "Go Ahead in the Rain" 3:54
  • All verses: Q-Tip
14 "Description of a Fool" 5:41
  • All verses: Q-Tip

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