Mix: ATCQ – Beats, Rhymes & Life (20th Anniversary Mix by Chris Read)

Last Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of Beats, Rhymes & Life, the fourth studio album by A Tribe Called Quest, almost entirely produced by the Ummah (which consisted of the late great Jay Dee, together with ATCQ’s Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad). To celebrate the release by the iconic crew, Chris Read digged into his vaults for a 1-hour mix of album cuts, alternative versions, and original sample material.

Beats, Rhymes & Life 20th Anniversary Mix Tracklist:

1. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Stressed Out’ (Raphael Saadiq Remix)(Instrumental)
2. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
3. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Keeping It Moving’
4. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Crew’
5. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Stressed Out’ (Baby Phife Version) (Instrumental)
6. Anita Baker – ‘Good Love’ (sampled in ‘Stressed Out’)
7. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Stressed Out’ (Baby Phife Version)
8. James Brown – ‘Funky Drummer’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Motivators’)
9. Michal Urbaniak Group – ‘Irena’ (Sampled in ‘Motivators’)
10. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘Motivators’
11. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘Jam’ (Instrumental)
12. The Howard Roberts Quartet – ‘Dirty Old Bossa Nova’ (Sampled in ‘Jam’)
13. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘Jam’
14. Rodney Franklin – ‘The Watcher’ (Sampled in ‘Word Play’)
15. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘Word Play’
16. The Emotions – ‘Blind Alley’ (Sampled in ‘Phony Rappers’)
17. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘Phony Rappers’
18. The Cyrkle – ‘The Visit (She Was There)’ (Sampled in ‘Get A Hold’)
19. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Get A Hold’
20. Funkadelic – ‘Get Off Your Ass and Jam’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
21. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Steve Biko (Stir It Up)’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
22. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘God Lives Through’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
23. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Electric Relaxation’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
24. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Buggin’ Out’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
25. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Hot Sex’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
26. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Award Tour [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
27. A Tribe Called Quest feat Afrika Baby Bam – ‘If The Papes Come’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
28. A Tribe Called Quest feat Leaders of the New School – Scenario [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
29. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Jazz (We’ve Got)’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
30. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Midnight’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
31. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘The Chase Part II’ (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
32. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘We Can Get Down’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
33. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Verses From The Abstract’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Pressure’)
34. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Pressure’
35. Henry Franklin – ‘Soft Spirit’ (Sampled in ‘The Hop’)
36. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘The Hop’
37. Thunder & Lightning – ‘Bumpin Bus Stop’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘The Hop’)
38. Kool & The Gang – ‘N.T’ (Sampled in ‘Mind Power’)
39. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘Mind Power’ 
40. Jack Bruce – ‘Sam Enchanted Dick’ (Sampled in ‘Baby Phife’s Return’)
41. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Baby Phife’s Return’
42. Manzell – ‘Midnight Theme’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Baby Phife’s Return’)
43. Ohio Players – ‘Pain’ (Sampled in ‘What Really Goes On’)
44. James Brown – ‘Make It Funky’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘What Really Goes On’)
45. A Tribe Called Quest feat Consequence – ‘What Really Goes On’
46. Cannonball Adderley – Untitled [Extract] (Sampled in ‘1nce Again’)
47. A Tribe Called Quest feat Tammy Lucas – ‘1nce Again’

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