People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
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Studio album by A Tribe Called Quest


April 10, 1990


September 1989 - January 1990


Calliope Studios
(New York City, NY)
Battery Studios
(New York City, NY)


Hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Jazz rap, Golden age hip hop




Jive Records / RCA


A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest chronology


The Low End Theory (1991)

People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm is the debut studio album by American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, released in April 10, 1990 under Jive Records. Recording sessions for People's Instinctive Travels were mostly taken place at Calliope Studios and Battery Studios in New York City from September 1990 to January 1990. Though the album was well-received critically, it had little mainstream appeal, but did manage to earn the group a devoted following witin the alternative hip hop community. People's Instinctive Travels was praised for its lyrical inventiveness and bizarre sense of humour, mixed with socially aware and literate message tracks. The album was the first given the perfect rating of 5 mics in The Source in 1990, and is one of three A Tribe Called Quest albums included in the magazine's 100 Best Albums. It was certified gold by the RIAA on 17 January 1996. As of 2019, the album has sold over 800,000 copies.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs written and produced by A Tribe Called Quest.

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Push It Along" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg 7:42
2. "Luck of Lucien" Q-Tip 4:32
3. "After Hours" Q-Tip 4:39
4. "Footprints" Q-Tip 4:00
5. "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" Q-Tip 4:06
6. "Public Enemy" Q-Tip 3:45
7. "Bonita Applebum" Q-Tip 3:50
8. "Can I Kick It?" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg 4:11
9. "Youthful Expression" Q-Tip 4:52
10. "Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts" Q-Tip 4:01
11. "Mr. Muhammad" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg 3:33
12. "Ham N' Eggs" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg 5:27
13. "Go Ahead in the Rain" Q-Tip 3:54
14. "Description of a Fool" Q-Tip 5:41


Samples[edit | edit source]

Push It Along

  • "Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again" by Junior Mance
  • "Loran's Dance" by Grover Washington, Jr.
  • "Jagger the Dagger" by Eugene McDaniels

Luck of Lucien

  • "Fourty Days" by Billy Brooks
  • "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles

After Hours

  • "North Carolina" by Les McCann
  • "Remember Who You Are" by Sly & the Family Stone


  • "Son of Public Enemy (Flavor Whop Version)" by Public Enemy
  • "Think Twice" by Donald Byrd
  • "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder

I Left My Wallet in El Segundo

  • "Funky" by The Chambers Brothers
  • "Sueno" by The Young Rascals

Pubic Enemy

  • "Do the Funky Penguin" by Rufus Thomas
  • "Pity for the Lonely" by Luther Ingram
  • "Communication Is Where It's At" by Billy the Baron and His Smokin Challengers
  • "D'Ya Like Scratchin'?" by Malcolm Laren and World's Famous Supreme Team

Bonita Applebum

  • "Fool Yourself" by Little Feat
  • "Memory Band" by Rotary Connection
  • "Daylight" by RAMP
  • "Soul Virgo" by The Cannonball Adderley Quintet

Can I Kick It

  • "Spinning Wheel" by Lonnie Smith
  • "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed
  • "Sunshower" by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

Youthful Expression

  • "Inner City Blues" by Reuben Wilson

Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)

  • "Pull Up to the Bumper (12 Inch Version)" by Grace Jones
  • "Get Off Your Ass and Jam" by Funkadelic
  • "Soul Makossa" by Manu Dibango

Mr. Muhammad

  • "Brazilian Rhyme (Beijo Interlude)" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • "Electric Frog" by Kool & the Gang
  • "Medley: Vertical Invader/T.H./Dr. Honoris Causa" by Weather Report

Ham N' Eggs

  • "We've Gotta Find a Way Back to Love" by Freda Payne
  • "Nappy Dugout" by Funkadelic

Go Ahead in the Rain

  • "Rainy Day, Dream Away" by Jimi Hendrix
  • "Classic Funke" by Brother Jack McDuff
  • "Son of Slide" by Slave
  • "Joy and Pain (Live in Los Angeles)" by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

Description of a Fool

  • "Still Good - Still Like It" by B.T. Express
  • "Running Away" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity
  • "Runnin' Away" by Sly & the Family Stone
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