ATCQ People's Instinctive Travels

There are certain records that come along and literally change your life and People’s Instinctive Travels… is certainly one of those albums for me. I was already a fan of Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys and BDP but this, along with De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising, really opened my ears to what hip-hop was capable of in terms of both beats and lyrics. It was also one of the first rap records that my friends and I could really relate to and it seems like it was in constant rotation from the minute we got our hands on it. I know this thing backwards and forwards. It also helped birth my love for jazz. We all knew Lou Reed but the rest of the record sent many of us on a mad hunt for all the incredible sample sources Q-Tip dug up to build his tracks. In the pre-internet days that was much more difficult but infinitely more rewarding than typing a song title into Whosampled.com (not that I’m complaining!). It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years (damn, I’m getting old) but it’s a landmark musical achievement well worth celebrating and I can think of no better way than with this brilliant mix by Chris Read for Wax Poetics that blends album highlights with their sample sources. I’ve always associated this record with warm weather and this mix is a perfect introduction to the summer vibes currently invading the city.

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