A Tribe Called QuestBeats, Rhymes And Life

Label:Jive – 01241-41587-1
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Genre:Hip Hop


A1Phony Rappers3:35
A2Get A Hold
Composed ByJames Yancey
Lyrics ByKamaal Fareed
Composed ByAli Shaheed Muhammad
Lyrics ByKamaal Fareed
B3The Pressure
Composed ByAli Shaheed Muhammad
B41nce Again3:49
C1Mind Power3:55
C2The Hop
Music ByRashad Smith
C3Keeping It Moving
Composed ByJames Yancey
Lyrics ByKamaal Fareed
C4Baby Phife's Return3:18
D1Separate / Together
Lyrics ByKamaal Fareed
D2What Really Goes On
Lyrics ByKamaal Fareed
D3Word Play2:59
D4Stressed Out4:57

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This original release from 1996 have black, green & red labels.
The reissue A Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes And Life has the same catalogue number, but white and black labels.

"Get a Hold" contains a sample from "The Visit" (The Cyrkle)
"Motivators" contains a sample from "Sound Pieces" (Michał Urbaniak)
"Jam" contains a sample from "Dirty Old Bossa Nova" (Howard Roberts)
"1nce Again" contains a sample from "I'm Your Pal" (Steve Swallow)
"Mind Power" contains a sample from "N.T." (Kool & The Gang)
"The Hop" contains a sample from "Soft Spirit" (A.Hall)
"Separate / Together" contains a sample from "Funky Drummer" (James Brown)
"What Really Goes On" contains a sample from "Pain" (Ohio Players) and "Make It Funky" (James Brown)
"Stressed Out" contains portion of composition from "Good Love" (Gary Taylor)

BPM is not provided on the record.
A1: 95 | A2: 95 | A3: 94
B1: 95 | B2: 93 | B3: 95 | B4: 94
C1: 96 | C2: 96 | C3: 94 | C4: 97
D1: 98 | D2: 96 | D3: 94 | D4: 94

Some copies have a hype sticker on the outer protective plastic.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 1241-41587-1 0
  • Barcode (Scanned): 012414158710
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): 01241-41587-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): 01241-41587-1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C label): 01241-41587-1C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D label): 01241-41587-1D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout variant 1): 01241-41587-1A1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout variant 1): 01241-41587-1B1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout variant 1): 01241-41587-1C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout variant 1): 01241-41587-1D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout variant 2): 01241-41587-1A1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout variant 2): 01241-41587-1B1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout variant 2): 01241-41587-1C1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout variant 2): 01241-41587-1D1 STERLING

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Beats, Rhymes And Life (CD, Album)Jive01241-41587-2US1996
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Beats, Rhymes And Life (CD, Album, Club Edition)JiveJ2 1587Canada1996
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Beats, Rhymes And Life (CD, Album)JiveCHIP 170UK1996
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Beats, Rhymes And Life (2×Album, LP, Gatefold Cover)JiveHIP 170UK & Europe1996
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Beats, Rhymes And Life (CD, Album)Jive7243 8 42773 2 1Europe1996



  • Refried's avatar
    Edited 4 months ago
    Is the reissue censored like the original (this) pressing? i.e. muted words (check "What Really Goes On", etc)
    • bosscat2's avatar
      Typical mid-nineties thin vinyl with great mastering and SQ! Great beats and rhymes too........!!!!!
      • jheath79's avatar
        I have yet to hear any other pressings of this album, but I am thoroughly satisfied listening to this one. You won't be disappointed.
        • jurassicmarc77's avatar
          Edited 3 years ago
          I came across a sealed copy in Tokyo last year, it was a US import and I was happy to discover it is an original pressing as Ive lost a lot of my original vinyl over the years. It sounds great there were no click or pops and Its great hearing especially them old Dilla beats on vinyl even through my admittedly modest hi fi system.
          • lenngren's avatar
            Edited one year ago
            A lot has already been said, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Beats, Rhymes & Life is not as great or groundbreaking as the 3 Tribe albums that precedes it. But do continue reading.

            They weren’t getting along in -96 and that obviously affected the core chemistry. Q-Tip and Phife doesn’t gel the way they used to. Phife Dawg is less present than usually and Q-Tip’s cousin Consequence can’t possibly fill his Nike’s.

            Regardless, this doesn’t mean it’s a bad album. Take a killer track like “Get A Hold” for example. Phife is M.I.A. but what we do get in return is newcomer James Dewitt Yancey with his signature sharp snares, organic drums and sample flips no one else could have thought of. Dilla saves this 4th Tribe effort from what would have been forgettable to dope! Could it have been even better? Yes. But given the circumstances with Tip and Phife falling out? No. Pick this up, and while you’re at it get the Stressed Out 12” cuz it features Phife in a version far superior to the album version that omits him.
            • notkurtrussell's avatar
              Anyone know what the promo copy of this is worth? Mine is stamped on the front cover in gold



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