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4.8 out of 5 stars
The Low End Theory
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on November 1, 2002
First off Id like to say that the guy before is right. There is barely (except the Roots, Common, J5, etc) any mainstream talent like this anymore but Dre is one of the originals and even though he doesnt rythme about truly thoughtful topics, he still has crazy mic skills. There is talent out there but its in a little known place called the underground where real mcs live.
Anyway, this is a review, so ill review:
phife, q-tip and ali straight have mic control. But I must warn you that this not a gangsta rap album. This is hiphop. This got soul.
Let me sum it up for you. If you dont know of TCQ or this album then you are not a hiphop fan. Thats okay but if youre starting to get into hiphop, this is a must-have. And I know tons of rap-haters who love Tribe. I dont think there is a person on this earth who doesnt like this cd. The beats are jazzy, and arent you sick of hearing the same beats by the Neptunes, or any of those soldout rappers who are looking for "bling-bling" and rapping about their money and their [girls]?
TCq has no blingbling and dont want any. They were raised and put out music in a time when hiphop meant more than illiterate rappers who make up words so they can rythme...
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on July 27, 2000
When I first heard Q-Tip, it was on an old Jungle Brothers track called "Promo No. 3". It was on the "Beyond This World" Cassingle. While the Jungle Brothers held there own, Q-Tip still stood out. The next time I heard him he was on a track called "Buddy" w/De La Soul and Monie Love on De La's "3 Feet High and Rising" CD. On Q Tip's group, A Tribe Called Quest's debut CD " Peoples Instintive Travels....", he carried most of the weight lyrically while Phife would give contributions every now and then. The beats were on point, as well as, the lyrics. "Bonita Applebum" and "Can I Kick It" were the well known songs from a classic debut CD. Back in the day, even though it still exists in the year 2000, there was something called the "sophomore jinx". Many artists, r&b and rap, would have a slammin' debut album but their 2nd release wasn't up to par. "The Low End Thoery" blew that thought way in and out of the water. From the beginning, to "Excursions" till the end with the Leaders Of The New School assisted, "Scenario", A Tribe Called Quest had a classic on their hands. Not only did Q-Tip make lyrical contributions, but Phife was with him every step of the way this time, ready for battle. Q-Tip still had his solo contributions but the 5 footer was featured on more tracks. This CD had everyone's attention. The 1st single "Check The Rhime" was unlike anything I had ever heard before. The beat just made you want to listen to the song all day. " It was I the Phifer and me the Abstract the rhymes..." You all know what I am saying. The way Ali Shaheed Muhammad and co. mixed hip hop rhythms with live instruments to almost make it sound like a jazz hip hop album on some songs was amazing to me. "Verses From The Abstract", "Buggin' Out", "Vibes And Stuff" and "Jazz (We've Got)" are all classics. The 2nd best song after "Check The Rhime" has to be "Scenario" which matched two of the hottest groups out, A Tribe Called Quest and Leaders Of The New School on one track. This would ultimately lead to the down fall of LONS, only because Busta Rhymes would eventually blow up and have a solo career, based on the energy of this song. Also, check out the "Scenario (Remix)". You can get this song by purchasing "The Love Movement". This song is on the bonus 6-Song CD. The remix is right up there and to some hip hop fans even better than the original. This is A Tribe Called Quest's best CD and should definitely be in your collection.
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on October 29, 1999
Watch MTV for even a second these days and you're likely to get only kiddie music, and second rate hip hop packaged under beat-you-over-the-head marketing campaigns. You only wish the Tribe's masterful rhythms and rhymes were the rule rather than the exception. Only Tip and Phife seem capable of using pop culture references and hip hop machismo to create lyrics that have a deeper meaning than at first glance.
The album takes you straight in with "Excursions," which has the best bassline of maybe any rock or rap song ever recorded. It lures you through its driving rhythm and doesn't let up until the disc is over
Both rappers have their best showcase songs on this album: "Butter" for Phife and "Voices from the Abstract" for Q-Tip. Both songs are clever and have rhythms that are irrestible.
And for the all-star song, you can't beat "Scenario," which features Busta Rhymes' best rhymes ever.
Check out "Show Business," "Check the Rhime," and everything else. There's not one bad track, which is a quality no disc made by a major label in the past two years can boast. It's a masterpiece.
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on July 13, 2003
In one defining moment, A Tribe Called Quest made a classic CD as well as opened possiblities to what Hip Hop (and music) could become. This makes the Low End Theory one of the most important Hip Hop CDs ever made. If the Native Tongues (De La Soul and Jungle Brothers) added fresh new colors to Hip-Hop, then A Tribe Called Quest were the Michaelangelo of their time and the Low End Theory was their Sistine Chapel. Check the Rhime, Vibes & Stuff, and Verses From the Abstract were all sounds that hip-hop fans had never heard before. The Tribe took obscure, yet masterful jazz abstractions and anchored them with heavy, low end beats. Add in Q-Tip's enigmatic flow and a game Phife (check him on Butter and Scenario) and the resulting music was more fun than Be-Bop and is still light years ahead of most of the hip-hop in your CD player right now. Never before had rap artists put in such work to fuse beats, melodies, lyrics, timing, and thought into a relevant musical effort as ecletic and stomping as this CD. As a group, a Tribe Called Quest raised the bar in Hop-Hop at a time when it needed raising (Hammertime, Young MC, anyone?) and for that, the heads are eternally grateful. The Low End Theory crystalized the the Tribe as legends in the rap genre and still makes a definitive statement about creativity, innovation, and artistry in modern music.
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on November 9, 2000
You should not be reading this. If you don't own this album, read no further, just buy it now! You cannot go wrong with this disc even if you're only a casual rap fan. This is Tribe at its best. If you know anything about rap, you know that Tribe is as good as it gets and therefore their best is better than any other hip-hop CD available.
This album has everything you could want from A Tribe Called Quest. Q-Tip is almost perfect. Phife is not far behind, and Ali has never been better at laying tracks down. 'Nuff said about the group.
The two tracks that include guest apperances are better than almost all other rap collaborations out there. "Show Business" features Brand Nubian and makes it seem like they are part of the group.
"Scenario", on the other hand, is perhaps the best rap song of all time. The highly underappreciated Leaders of the New School are the guests on this joint. If it weren't for this song, Bustah Rhymes would not have the career he has now as a solo artist. Verse to verse, this song nearly reaches perfection. Phife's intro is spectacular (although out-dated with a reference to Bo Jackson). Charlie Brown (where are you?) follows with, in my opinion, a fantastic verse from the best voice around. Next is Dinco D with his super-fast delivery that was later rivaled by Das EFX. Q-Tip follows with the shortest verse, though not even close to the weakest. Then comes Bustah. If you don't know by now, don't waste any more time. Stop reading and buy it now. You won't be disappointed.
To wrap up, just get it if you don't have it. If you already have it, thank you for your time.
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on August 24, 2001
A Tribe Called Quest is by far my favorite Rap group ever because no one can or has matched the skills these guys have. They know how to make albums as well as hits. No one can say that they are really into Hip-hop if they don't agree with what I'm saying. I remember when this first came out. Everybody was talking about this album and everyone that knew I had it wanted to borrow it from me. It was crazy! The Low End Theory is the climax of ATCQ's history and it will go down as one of the greatest contributions to rap. Just check this album out if you haven't done so already and you will know exactly what I mean. I highly recommend buying their first album as well, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, which is as good if not better than this. Get Midnight Marauders after you have completely immersed and absorbed yourself in the first two albums and your looking for more. But don't look any further past their third album for more of the jazzy sound that you like because their style changes a little and is quite different than their first three albums. But their later albums are better than a lot of stuff that is out there now. Oh yeah if your a casual listener than buy the Anthology but if you really want to hear ATCQ than just buy their albums. I promise you will not regret it. A Tribe Called Quest is the Best! PEACE!
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on April 14, 2004
1991 was a GREAT year in hip hop. I was glad to see Organized Konfusion, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Main Source, and others drop GEMS. Also, A Tribe Called Quest with their second album. This album is one of the greatest EVER, and it's production(and lyrics as well) is what pushed it over the top. If you didn't feel the impact on their first album, you DEFINITELY felt it on this album. Here's the review:
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.
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on December 12, 1998
Tribe's sophmore effort "The Low End Theory" remains to many hip hop fans as one of the best rap albums released. This album has some of the earliest examples of the jazz-rap fusion and some of the best examples. While some (including myself) at first did not find it as good as their debut, it eventually grew on us and we came to realize the creativity and originality possessed within the album. The album also is not one of those albums that has good production but lack of lyrical skills. Tribe did not sell out to the gangster rap and commercial posturing of many artists at the time. On this album we also see more of Phife who was greatly ignored on their debut. Fans of jazz will also be delighted to find bassist Ron Carter perform. Filled with classics such as "Jazz (We've Got), "Check The Rhime", and "Scenario", "The Low End Theory" is an album you will never tire off. Every fan of hip hop should have this in their collection.
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on December 27, 2001
I had never heard of a Tribe Called Quest untill I saw a videoclip of them on MTV, wich I liked very much! So immediatly I ran to my PC and looked for some reviews for this album and ALL the reviews were positive so I thought this was prety good... I went out and bought this CD and I was happily surprised 'cause this CD was nothing I expected, I thought I would kind of like this CD but I LOVE it! It's really good if you appreciate a little good hip-hop! "The low end theory" is very, very good produced, the beats are a bit funny sounding and old but they're FINE, you can't believe! The flow are just the bomb, they have got talent wich doesn't exists anymore with those new cats like "eminem", "dre" and "P diddy" and all that...
I like "Excursions", "What?", "Scenario" and "Buggin' out" the most! All the tracks have different styles but they're ALL good, believe me! BUY this CD please...
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on March 21, 1999
the low end theory resonates with funky jazz samples, grooving bass, and subtle beats that make you think that the Tribe are holding back on you, but they're not. this album is definitely up on the same podium as The Chronic, as far as revolutionary hip hop albums go. Q-tip and Phife have that connection when they rap together. I can imagine Q-tip with a smile on his face as he says,"Ya on point, Phife?" When this album came out in '91,I couldn't beleive their was a rap group with enough balls to challenge gangster dramatizations with songs like "Verses from the abstract". the Tribe is a rap group, but they are probably the most universal, because you and your grandmother can get funky with their verses from the abstact. The Low End Theory anticipates albums like Aqemini, because both use pensive and flowing rhymes over avant hiphop beats.
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