The Low End Theory
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De La Soul are remembered as the premier Native Tongues posse, those rappers who got low-key, self-consciously thoughtful, and jazzy in the face of gangsta's hardcore threats. But A Tribe Called Quest may have been even stronger, especially on their excellent second album, the bass-thumping, heavily jazz-sampled The Low End Theory. According to the opening "Excursions," rapper Q-Tip's old man says the disc's jazz-rap "reminded him of bebop," and Q calls himself "prominent like Shakespeare." But if Charlie Parker had ever written poetic couplets and backed them with funky-drummer and Ron Carter-on-bass grooves this irresistible, he might have been as big as the Bard and Brother James combined. --David Cantwell
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Top Customer Reviews
Album Highlights: NO filler, but the HIGHLIGHTS are Check the rhyme, Buggin out, Butter, Show Business(w/Brand Nubian & Diamond D), Jazz, and Scenario(w/Leaders Of The New School).
Production: Thumbs up, Ali Shaheed's BEST production ever.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up.
Originality: Thumbs up.
The Last Word: The GREATEST album from the ATCQ catalog. Most artists' second album usually cannot touch their first, but the Tribe did it, and they did it in style and grace. A STRONG RECOMMENDATION for this album if you don't own it. Don't be left out on owning one AWESOME album.
Most recent customer reviews
Le vinyle en soie est de mauvaise qualité. En le sortant de l'emballage il était déjà ondulé. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2012 by Dominic
This CD is one I will replace no matter how many times it gets stolen lost or broken. If you like A Tribe you will know why, if you don't know a Tribe, then wake upPublished on July 5 2004
If People's Instictive... was a classic, then this album was even better. It gave Phife Dawg a chance to shine in his own right (see "Butter") and Q-Tip was sounding... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by M.C. Ol' Skool
These are some of the words to describe the Tribes second album I bought it and it is now one of my most listen to albums this thing is butter and the whole thing just blends and... Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Chris
ATCQ! this cd is so funky i love every minute of this if you enjoy Mos Def,Talib Kweli,Common,Pharcyde,Pharoahe Monch and Prince Po then you will enjoy any tribe cd this is one to... Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by P. Mcmahon
If you want to listen to one of the best albums ever made, I reccomend picking this one up. The beats and the rhymes are outstanding. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2004 by Bob Goodman
Classic is the only word that can describe this album. "The Low End Theory" was an album from A Tribe Called Quest that set the groundwork for a number of great albums to follow... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004
The Low End Theory is arguably the best hip hop cd of the 90's. It's flawless!Published on Feb. 3 2004 by Bruce