A Tribe Called Quest to Release 25th Anniversary Edition of Landmark Debut Album

Fans of the Native Tongue Posse, update your calendars for the re-release of one of hip-hop’s seminal LPs.

A Tribe Called Quest  and Sony Legacy announced Tuesday that the ground-breaking album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm will receive the 25th anniversary treatment on Nov. 13.


The playful word play and sampling on the group’s debut was part of a new movement in hip-hop in the late ’80s/early ’90s that included like-minded groups such as De La Soul and Jungle Brothers. As opposed to much of the popular hip-hop and rap of the day, Quest and its contemporaries specialized in conversational fun and socially conscious lyrics while interspersing jazz samples before sampling became a hot button issue.

People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm -25th Anniversary Edition is  remastered from the original tapes by Grammy Award-winning engineer Bob Power and will also feature remixes from artists who have cited Quest as an influence. It will be available on CD with no word on a vinyl release at this time.

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