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Beats, Rhymes and Life
Beats, Rhymes and Life
Studio album by A Tribe Called Quest

Released

30 July 1996

Recorded

1995-1996

Studio

Battery Studios (New York City, New York)

Genre(s)

Hip hop

Length

51:14

Label

Jive/BMG

Producer(s)

Rashad Smith, The Ummah

A Tribe Called Quest chronology

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Beats, Rhymes and Life is the fourth album by American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, released in 1996 on Jive Records. The album marks a departure from the joyful, positive vibe of the group's earlier albums and is regarded as their darkest album in content. The album is the first to feature production work by The Ummah, a group that was composed of Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jay Dee. Q-Tip's cousin Consequence features frequently on the album.

The album reached #1 on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 1997, and the single "1nce Again" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Although it sold well, it was not as critically acclaimed as the group's earlier albums. As of 2019, the album has sold over 1,100,000 copies.

Track listingEdit

All songs produced by The Ummah, except for "The Hop", produced by Rashad Smith.

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Time
1. "Phony Rappers" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Consequence Fareed, Mills, Taylor 3:36
2. "Get a Hold" Q-Tip Fareed, Yancey 3:35
3. "Motivators" Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Consequence Fareed, Mills, Muhammad, Taylor 3:20
4. "Jam" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Consequence Fareed, Mills, Taylor 4:38
5. "Crew" Q-Tip Fareed, Muhammad 1:58
6. "The Pressure" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg Fareed, Muhammad, Taylor 3:03
7. "1nce Again" Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Tammy Lucas Fareed, Muhammad, Swallow, Taylor, Yancey 3:49
8. "Mind Power" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Consequence Fareed, Mills, Muhammad, Taylor 3:56
9. "The Hop" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg Fareed, Smith, Taylor 3:27
10. "Keeping It Moving" Q-Tip Fareed, Yancey 3:39
11. "Baby Phife's Return" Phife Dawg Fareed, Taylor 3:19
12. "Seperate / Together" Q-Tip Fareed 1:38
13. "What Really Goes On" Q-Tip Bonner, Fareed, Jones, Middlebrooks, Morrison, Napier, Noland, Pierce, Webster 3:24
14. "Word Play" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Consequence Fareed, Mills, Taylor, Yancey 3:00
15. "Stressed Out" Q-Tip, Consequence, Faith Evans Evans, Fareed, Mills, Muhammad, Taylor, Yancey 4:58
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