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If People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm captures the friction that led to A Tribe Called Quest’s demise, it also conveys the sense of openness and community that made the Native Tongues collective such a powerful force for good in hip-hop, that feeling that anything was possible, and the rules didn’t matter as long as everyone stuck together and performed music from the soul. At that stage in its development, hip-hop could be anything and was. It could be silly. It could be sexual. It could be soulful and serious and funny and funky and geeky and cool. People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm is all of those things.

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