The Low End Theory [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
While most of the players in the jazz-rap movement never quite escaped the pasted-on qualities of their vintage samples, with The Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest created one of the closest and most brilliant fusions of jazz atmosphere and hip-hop attitude ever recorded. The rapping by Q-Tip and Phife Dawg could be the smoothest of any rap record ever heard; the pair are so in tune with each other, they sound like flip sides of the same personality, fluidly trading off on rhymes, with the former earning his nickname the Abstract and Phife concerning himself with the more concrete issues of being young, gifted, and black. The trio also takes on the rap game with a pair of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
While most of the players in the jazz-rap movement never quite escaped the pasted-on qualities of their vintage samples, with The Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest created one of the closest and most brilliant fusions of jazz atmosphere and hip-hop attitude ever recorded. The rapping by Q-Tip and Phife Dawg could be the smoothest of any rap record ever heard; the pair are so in tune with each other, they sound like flip sides of the same personality, fluidly trading off on rhymes, with the former earning his nickname the Abstract and Phife concerning himself with the more concrete issues of being young, gifted, and black. The trio also takes on the rap game with a pair of hard-hitting tracks: "Rap Promoter" and "Show Business," the latter a lyrical soundclash with Q-Tip and Phife plus Brand Nubian's Diamond D, Lord Jamar, and Sadat X. The woman problem gets investigated as well, on two realistic yet sensitive tracks, "Butter" and "The Infamous Date Rape." The productions behind these tracks aren't quite skeletal, but they're certainly not complex. Instead, Tribe weaves little more than a stand-up bass sampled or, on one track, jazz luminary Ron Carter and crisp, live-sounding drum programs with a few deftly placed samples or electric keyboards. It's a tribute to their unerring production sense that, with just those few tools, Tribe produced one of the best hip-hop albums in history, a record that sounds better with each listen. The Low End Theory is an unqualified success, the perfect marriage of intelligent, flowing raps to nuanced, groove-centered productions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/1991
  • Label: Jive
  • UPC: 012414141828
  • Catalog Number: 1418
  • Sales rank: 20,466

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Excursions (3:53)
  2. 2 Buggin' Out (3:38)
  3. 3 Rap Promoter (2:13)
  4. 4 Butter (3:39)
  5. 5 Verses from the Abstract (3:59)
  6. 6 Show Business (3:53)
  7. 7 Vibes and Stuff (4:18)
  8. 8 The Infamous Date Rape (2:54)
  9. 9 Check the Rhime (3:36)
  10. 10 Everything Is Fair (2:59)
  11. 11 Jazz (We've Got) (4:09)
  12. 12 Skypager (2:13)
  13. 13 What? (2:29)
  14. 14 Scenario (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
A Tribe Called Quest Primary Artist
Ron Carter Bass
Ali Shaheed Muhammad DJ
Q-Tip Vocals
Phife Dawg Vocals
Technical Credits
Alan Gorrie Composer
A Tribe Called Quest Arranger, Composer, Producer
Skeff Anselm Producer
Roger Ball Composer
Busta Rhymes Contributor
Pete Christensen Engineer
Diamond D Contributor
Malcolm Duncan Composer
Steve Ferrone Composer
Eric Gast Engineer
Rod Hui Engineer
Gerard Julien Engineer
Tim Latham Engineer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad Composer
Bob Power Engineer
Anthony Saunders Engineer
Christopher Shaw Engineer
Trevor Smith Composer
Jamey Staub Engineer
Bryan Higgins Composer
J. Taylor Composer
Owen McIntyre Composer
Sadat X Contributor
Lord Jamar Contributor
Tom Coyne Mastering
Jim Kvoriac Engineer
Dan Wood Engineer
Dinco D. Contributor
Marc Singleton Engineer
Malik Taylor Composer
James Jackson Composer
Jonathan Davis Composer
Jame Stuart Composer
Charlie Brown Contributor
Skip Anselm Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you like real-hip-hop.....

    Check this album out, great lyrics, simple yet effective beats, and classic hooks. From the opener "Excursions" to the closing posse cut "Scenario", this album does not disappoint! The chemistry between the group is evident as well. Do not wait, get this album now!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    Classic!!!

    Classic!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album provides some of Hip Hops intelligent rhythms and fun lyrics.

    Got to love Q and Phife! I grew up hearing and watching them as well as our other forefathers of hip hop. One thing that makes an album good is the ability to be so complex that one can listen to it over and over and never get bored with the songs such as theirs. If you dig the Roots, Digitable Planets, Black Eyed Peas, or any other hip-hop group that has the slightest tinge of jazz to it, you have "The Low End Theory" to thank. Ali Shaheed Muhammed fuses up-beat hip-hop with funky jazz, and must of felt real good when he was finished. But it's not like this album was simply influential and not essential, or that it's solely revolutionary in one sense and not able to stand on its own in others. All through the album the beats are deep and the bass is funky without being overbearing. There are a few tracks that are less than superb, but the album is still great. "Buggin' Out," "Butter," "Rap Promoter," "Rhymes and Stuff," "Jazz," and "Scenario" are all perfect. All these tracks either have your heads nodding, hips shaking, and minds working. The way the music matches Q-tips rhymes flawlessly always astounds me and Phife's lyrics keep the beat going. Q-Tip and Phife are two of the most skilled lyricists and MCs of all time, and their vocal contributions to Ali's beats do nothing but enhance them. This album stands out as their finest. For those who do not listen to hip hop, this would be an excellent choice for a "symbol" rap album. I know few who have failed to be satisfied, and most are mesmerized. As for rap fans, none should be allowed to call themselves a hip hop head if they do not already have this laying around your rack/desk/or shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best album ever made

    This is ATCQ's second album. Every song on here is a stroke of genius. This is one of the rare CDS that you can listen to without skipping any song. The only other CD this can be compared to is Their third cd midnight marauders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    On Point Fife!!

    A CLASSIC!!! The scenario, check the ryhme, its like butta, diamon d, sadat x, nuff said. This is their best album....it was in 8th grade in a tiny radio that i first heard the intro to excursions......... i knew then this music called hip hop had touched me like no other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clean out your ears and check the words

    I remember hearing this album my first year of high school in '91. I can still play this album from start to finish. Why can't more hip hop albums be more like this? ATCQ blends the same formula from their last album and created a more jazzed out version without losing their originality. Listen to tracks 1,2,7,9, and 11 and you'll see what I mean. There is sure to be more than one track that will make you remember when originality in hip hop was not hard to find and not underappreciated.

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