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A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory album

A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory album
Genre: Rap
Title: The Low End Theory
FLAC album size: 1604
Style: Conscious
Country: US
Released: 1996

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The Low End Theory is A Tribe Called Quests’s sophomore studio album, which cemented the rap group as one of the most influential rap artists of all time. After their debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm failed to put up the sales numbers the Tribe expected, the group decided to revamp their style on the second album. Phife Dawg takes on an expanded role on the rhyming side of things, and Q-Tip is as sharp as ever while dropping knowledge about positivity and black pride, but it is the production of this album that establishes it as a classic. The Low End Theory Q&A. Where did the album title The "Low End Theory" originate from?

Any 30-second snippet of The Low End Theory will go further to convince of the album's greatness than anything I can write. I could easily write an entire book on this one album and still feel like I've hardly said anything. Still, I could do worse things with my time than try to capture even an iota of the enthusiasm I feel each time I play this album. The Low End Theory is a remarkable experience, as aesthetically and emotionally rewarding as any work of music I can think o. .The album was rated: 5 Mic Album award from The Source (1991). Midnight Marauders remains A Tribe Called Quest's fastest-selling album; it was certified platinum on January 11, 1995, less than two years after its release. The album's success allowed the group a greater financial freedom and the members took a short break before the recording of their next album.

For the A Tribe Called Quest album, see The Low End Theory. 2419 North Broadway Closure References. Bassford, Clay (August 31, 2014). On the Rise: What's Up in the Los Angeles Music Scene Low End Theory".

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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.

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 a classic. Buggin' Out," "Butter," "Rap Promoter," "Rhymes and Stuff," "Jazz," and "Scenario" are all perfect. All the tracks on this album either have your head nodding, hips shaking, or mind working. All in all, this is a classic album. What De La Soul started, A Tribe Called Quest perfected. The Low End Theory ranked in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, ranked in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s", and was the album of the year for Spex magazine (also on the 100 Albums of the Century). It also made it onto the 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century (Vibe magazine) and Essential Recordings of the 90s (Rolling Stone).

Album The Low End Theory (1991). by A Tribe Called Quest. Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jonathan Davis, Malik Taylor. A Tribe Called Quest. Anthony Saunders, Chris Shaw, Dan Wood, Eric Gast, Gerard Julien, Jamie Staub, Jim Kvoriak, Marc Singleton, Pete Christensen, Rod Hui, Tim Latham. A Tribe Called Quest albums. Thank You 4 Your Service.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Excursions 3:53
A2 Buggin' Out 3:38
A3 Rap Promoter 2:13
A4 Butter 2:13
B1 Verses From The Abstract
Bass – Ron CarterVocals – Ms. Vinia*
B2 Show Business
Co-producer – A Tribe Called QuestFeaturing – Diamond D, Lord Jamar, Sadat XProducer – Skeff Anselm
B3 Vibes And Stuff 4:18
C1 The Infamous Date Rape 2:54
C2 Check The Rhime 3:36
C3 Everything Is Fair 2:59
D1 Jazz (We've Got) 4:09
D2 Skypager 2:13
D3 What? 2:29
D4 Scenario
Featuring – Busta Rhymes, Charlie Brown, Dinco D

Companies, etc.

  • Manufactured By – Zomba Recording Corporation
  • Produced For – Skeffington Productions, Inc.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Zomba Recording Corporation
  • Copyright (c) – Zomba Recording Corporation
  • Pressed By – United Record Pressing
  • Published By – Zomba Enterprises, Inc.
  • Published By – Jazz Merchant Music
  • Published By – Brand Nubian Publishing
  • Published By – Dusty Fingers Music
  • Published By – New School Publishing
  • Published By – Joe's Songs
  • Published By – Bridgeport Music, Inc.
  • Recorded At – Battery Studios, New York
  • Recorded At – Greene St. Recording
  • Recorded At – Soundtrack Studios
  • Mixed At – Battery Studios, New York
  • Mixed At – Greene St. Recording
  • Mixed At – Soundtrack Studios
  • Mastered At – Absolute Audio


  • Arranged By, Written-By – A Tribe Called Quest
  • Design – JK , ZombArt
  • Engineer [Additional–Battery] – Anthony Saunders, Eric Gast, Gerard Julien, Marc Singleton, Pete Christensen, Tim Latham
  • Engineer [Additional–Greene Street] – Chris Shaw, Dan Wood, Jamey Staub*, Rod Hui
  • Engineer [Additional–Soundtrack] – Jim Kvoriak
  • Management – Chris Lighty, Violator Management
  • Mastered By – Tom Coyne
  • Other [Make-up: Group Members] – Kim Young
  • Other [Special Effects Make-up: Model] – Paddy Crofton
  • Photography By – Joe Grant
  • Producer – A Tribe Called Quest (tracks: A1 to B1, B3 to D4)
  • Recorded By, Mixed By – A Tribe Called Quest, Bob Power


Issued with black & white disc labels, unlike A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory. Current sealed copies are likely A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory, which has NRP and RE3 in runouts.

Recorded and mixed at Battery Studios, Greene Street Studios and Soundtrack Studios. "Show Business" and "Everything Is Fair" programmed at Jazzy Jay's Studio. Additional engineering at Battery, Greene Street and Soundtrack.

Management/Direction: Chris Lighty for Violator Management

℗ 1991 Zomba Recording Corp. © 1991, 1996 Zomba Recording Corporation. Manufactured in the United States by Zomba Recording Corporation, 137-139 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 1241-41418-1 1
  • Barcode (String): 012414141811
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout - etched): 01241-41418-1 A Ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout - etched): 01241-41418-1-B1 AA Ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout - etched): 01241-41418-1-C1 AA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout - etched): 01241-41418-1-D1 AA
  • Rights Society: ASCAP / BMI

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
1418-2-J A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory ‎(CD, Album) Jive 1418-2-J US 1991
01241-41418-1 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory ‎(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Col) Jive 01241-41418-1 US 1996
1418-1-JDJ A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory ‎(LP, Album, Promo) Jive 1418-1-JDJ US 1991
ZK 74940 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory ‎(Cass, Album) Jive ZK 74940 1991
BVCM-34490 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Jive BVCM-34490 Japan 2009


A1 Excursions
A2 Buggin' Out
A3 Rap Promoter
A4 Butter
A5 Verses From The Abstract
A6 Show Business
A7 Vibes And Stuff
B1 The Infamous Date Rape
B2 Check The Rhime
B3 Everything Is Fair
B4 Jazz (We've Got)
B5 Skypager
B6 What?
B7 Scenario

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 035627 494048
  • Rights Society: S.I.A.E.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
1418-2-J A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory ‎(CD, Album) Jive 1418-2-J US 1991
01241-41418-1 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory ‎(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Col) Jive 01241-41418-1 US 1996
1418-1-JDJ A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory ‎(LP, Album, Promo) Jive 1418-1-JDJ US 1991
ZK 74940 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory ‎(Cass, Album) Jive ZK 74940 1991
BVCM-34490 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Jive BVCM-34490 Japan 2009

Not sure why so many people can't see that this entry is for the 1996 pressings, not the current/new millennium ones.
Yes, labels not updating the copyright on the artwork can be pretty confusing and annoying. Luckily, though, we have these variances in runout information which can pretty quickly answer questions. Like your copy croz1007, which does not match this version, as noted in the submission notes.FWIW, printed copyright dates are pretty notorious for providing incorrect data. See RSG §8.1.2. for more insight.
I think the confusing part for most people is that they are finding it brand new sealed and not noticing the year. I bought mine about 5 months ago brand new and was looking for new releases here until I looked closer at the cover to see it was from 1996. It can be confusing a bit.
I know this comment is almost a year old, but I'd might as well give the explanation. Every year on the reissues' packaging and record labels says 1996. There's no obvious indication it's from any other year.
black coffe
Just bought this pressing and I gotta say I'm pleasantly surprised with it! My pressing didn't have any of the glaring issues pointed out by the previous reviewers. Not a perfect pressing by any means, some parts did sound a lil distorted at times but overall a very solid repressing! No skips and very minimal surface noise, even during the quiet sections. My only gripe with this is the relatively dull packaging. Plain paper inner sleeves with no pictures or inserts.
Beware!!! Some seller try to sell the 2000s version here! A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theoryunfortunately discogs is not free of deceiver!!!
Looks like most of the copies for sale are 2000s copies. I've got a legit 96 copy tho... Fuckin posers...
Legend 33
Side B fine here. Barnes and Noble copy bought this week.
I just received a copy with engraved Matrix / Runout "welcometo 1979" (mastering studio). So i think it is a new reissue (?) from 2016.
Just wanted to say for potential 2016 buyers out there, the currently available pressings are NOT bad. I am happy with my copy with no glaring flaws, even if it is digitally sourced. Recommend to stick with a retailer that offers fair return/exchange policy.
Hi, do you have on Matrix / Runout "welcometo 1979" engraved ?
Side B has some serious pressing quality issues. Distorted sound and a few skips. Rest of the album is ok, but side B is one of the better in the album so it is a real shame.
This version has all 14 tracks included in the correct order vs. 12 on the original pressing
Same problem. Pissed almost unlistenable.
How does this sound vs the first pressing/issue?
Mine is fine. Bought 3 years ago.
Mine had surface noise half of side A that part is almost unlistenable theres no much annoying surface noise
I've picked up two copies of the 2xLP reissue recently and both have inherent surface noise to side C throughout the ENTIRE SIDE. So frustrating!
'The Low End Theory' is Tribe exploring the bass heavy elements in music particularly within Jazz and Hip-Hop and part of the reason it works so well is the simplicity and raw essence in the music. The album is really just all about Ron Carter's bass, some serious heavyweight drums with Q-Tip and Phife sharing vocals and one of the best posse cuts ever laid down with Leaders of the New School on 'Scenario'. There is not a lot more to it than that but it seems to capture a time in hip hop music when 'Gangsta Rap' was really starting to take a hold of the music but Tribe seemed confident to just do what they were doing and follow their own path. Will we ever see another Native Tongue collective in Hip Hop???? I think time has revealed that this is one of the best albums of the last 20-30 years. Give it a listen.
Yep, it's really about the jazz, in general. But Matt's assessment of this album as a novel moment in Hip Hopstory is accurate. In all likelihood we'll never witness anything like this again. God bless Tribe and Native Tongues.
I agree with your assessment of the album's awesomeness and influence. But Ron Carter was only on a small fraction of the cuts on the album.
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