The Low End Theory

The Low End Theory

The Low End Theory

The Low End Theory

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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On their debut recording, People's Instinctive Travels on the Paths of Rhythm, A Tribe Called Quest created a magical mystery tour through hip-hop psychedelia. On The Low End Theory, they settle down to probe the inner workings of hip-hop and their role within it. Musically, the album is well known for its innovative merging of jazz bass lines (some supplied by legendary bassist Ron Carter) with hip-hop beats, but the real breakthrough is in the way Q-Tip, Phife Dog, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad work their lyrical flow around this atypical hip-hop rhythm section. Primary rapper Tip tackles complicated issues on "The Infamous Date Rape" and "Excursions," while he and his colleagues play with pointed humor on "Rap Promoter," "Buggin' Out," and "Skypager." The trio cuts loose with some old-school freestylin' on "Scenario," also featuring Leaders of the New School (yes, that's Busta Rhymes and his old pals). Offering introspection, range, and imagination, The Low End Theory is one of the best hip-hop records ever.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/1996
Label: Jive
UPC: 0012414141811
catalogNumber: 41418
Rank: 179


  1. Excursions
  2. Buggin' Out
  3. Rap Promoter
  4. Butter
  5. Verses from the Abstract
  6. Show Business
  7. Vibes and Stuff
  8. The Infamous Date Rape
  9. Check the Rhime
  10. Everything Is Fair
  11. Jazz (We've Got)
  12. Skypager
  13. What?
  14. Scenario

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tribe Called Quest   Primary Artist
Ron Carter   Bass
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   DJ
Q-Tip   Vocals
Phife Dawg   Vocals

Technical Credits

Alan Gorrie   Composer
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
Jamey Staub   Engineer
Bryan Higgins   Composer
J. Taylor   Composer
Owen McIntyre   Composer
Sadat   Contributor
Jamar   Contributor
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
Trevor Smith   Composer
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