B. Cox reviews A Tribe Called Quest's fourth studio album Beats, Rhymes & Life. It was Tribe's first album since their classic third album Midnight Marauders and a three year gap between projects. In their return, the group grabbed their first No. 1 album on the charts which went platinum. While promising at first, the album suffered from a noticable lack of cohesion and disjointedness. While the album's production (handled by the new production trio the Umma) and lyrical content was a bright spot, there were key additions and ommisions that prevented it from being a standout like the groups previous two efforts.
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