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


17 April 1990


1989-1990 at Calliope Studios, Battery Studios, and Dumb D.J. Towha's Dew Drop Inn (New York City, New York)


Hip hop, alternative hip hop, jazz rap, golden age hip hop






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 album by American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, released in 1990 on Jive Records. 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 listingEdit

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


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