The Love Movement
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Studio album by A Tribe Called Quest

Released

September 29, 1998

Recorded

July 1997 - March 1998

Studio

Sony Music Studios
(New York City, New York)
The Hit Factory
(New York City, New York)
Battery Studios
(New York City, New York)
River Sound
(New York City, New York)

Genre

East Coast hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Jazz rap,

Length

48:10

Label

Jive Records

Producer

Bay-Lloyd, The Ummah

A Tribe Called Quest chronology

Previous

Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996)

The Love Movement is the fifth and final studio album by American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. It was released in September 29, 1998 under Jive Records. Recording sessions took place at Sony Music Studios, The Hit Factory, Battery Studios and River Sound from July 1997 to March 1998. Production was handled entirely by The Ummah, except for one track produced by Bay-Lloyd. It includes guest appearances by Busta Rhymes, Redman, Spanky, D-Life, Noreaga, Mos Def, Wordsworth, Jane Doe and Punchline. It is a concept album, exploring the lyrical theme of love. Musically, it is a continuation of the group's previous album: Beats, Rhymes and Life, featuring minimalist R&B and jazz-oriented production by The Ummah.

The Love Movement peaked at #3 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The Love Movement released the singles: "Find a Way" (which made it to #71 on the Billboard Hot 100, #29 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and #18 on the Hot Rap Singles chart) and "Like It Like That". On November 3, 1998, The Love Movement was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The group announced its disbandment a month before the album's release.

The album received mostly positive reviews from music critics.


Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs produced by The Ummah, except for "Busta's Lament", produced by The Ummah and Bay-Lloyd.

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Time
1. "Start It Up" Q-Tip Bernie, Casey, Fareed, Muhammad, Pinkard, Taylor, Yancey 3:19
2. "Find a Way" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg Fareed, Gilberto, Muhammad, Taylor, Tei, Yancey 3:23
3. "Da Booty" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg Fareed, Muhammad, Taylor, Yancey 3:21
4. "Steppin' It Up" Busta Rhymes, Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Redman Fareed, Muhammad, Noble, Smith, Taylor, Yancey 3:22
5. "Like It Like That" Q-Tip Fareed, Muhammad, Taylor 2:47
6. "Common Ground (Get It Goin' On)" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg Fareed, Muhammad, Taylor 2:50
7. "4 Moms" - Fareed, Muhammad, Taylor, Yancey 1:49
8. "His Name Is Mutty Ranks" Phife Dawg Fareed, Muhammad, Taylor, Yancey 1:56
9. "Give Me" Noreaga, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg Austin, Bivins, Fareed, Jones, Morris, Muhammad, Santiago, Stockman, Taylor 3:52
10. "Pad & Pen" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, D-Life Fareed, Muhammad, Scott, Taylor, Wilson 3:23
11. "Busta's Element" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg Fareed, Muhammad, Taylor, Yancey 2:39
12. "Hot 4 U" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg Fareed, Muhammad, Sylvers, Taylor 3:16
13. "Against the World" Q-Tip, Phife Dawg Fareed, Latture, Muhammad, Simon, Smith, Taylor 4:01
14. "The Love" Q-Tip Davis, Fareed, Muhammad, Taylor, Walters 4:00
15. "Rock Rock Y'all" Punchline, Jane Doe, Wordsworth, Q-Tip, Mos Def Fareed, Gadson, Johnson, Morris, Muhammad, Smith, Taylor, Truell, Wright,  4:20

Samples[edit | edit source]

Start It Up

  • "Sweet Georgia Brown" by The Singers Unlimited

Find a Way

Da Booty

  • "Cissy Strut" by The Meters
  • "Big Mouth" by Whodini

Steppin' It Up

  • "Leo: Rosebud" by Cannonball Adderley

4 Moms

  • "The Jam" by Graham Central Station

His Name is Mutty Ranks

  • "Not Guilty" by Aswad

Give Me

  • "Give Me" by I Level
  • "Motownphilly" by Boyz II Men

Pad & Pen

  • "Yearning for Your Love" by The Gap Band
  • "Graduate Medley" by Gap Mangione

Busta's Lament

  • "Goin' Through Changes" by Feather

Hot 4 U

  • "New Horizons" by The Sylvers

Against the World

The Love

Rock Rock Y'all

  • "What Can You Bring Me" by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
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