The Low End Theory

A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1991 Ratings: #33 / 415
User Score
Based on 956 ratings
1991 Ratings: #3
Liked by 34 people
September 24, 1991 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

The Low End Theory is an unqualified success, the perfect marriage of intelligent, flowing raps to nuanced, groove-centered productions.

75
Entertainment Weekly

Unfortunately, The Low End Theory’s head-trippy hip-hop doesn’t move my rear end on the dance floor — there seems to be little passion at the core. This may be the greatest hip-hop album that will never quicken my pulse.

zachthesnack
99
An essential album for anyone looking to delve into the realm of classic hip hop
JoaoSantos
75
This is a true 90s classic.
RakkSmells
94
A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory sets itself apart from many classic hip hop albums from the time with their soulful and jazzy sound, and it works perfectly. The beats are quite minimalist, usually supplied by hard-hitting boom bap beats, and usually just a bass melody in the background, but even though the beats are very similar throughout the album it works to its advantage as the album never loses its chilled out sound. Even though I like albums with large production filled with ... read more
ThrowBackG
90
A lot of Hip-Hop artists at the time set stepping stones for the artists that would precede them. 2pac, Biggie, NWA, ect. However, Tribe set more than a stone; they set a foundation. A more soul searching kind of music we can't get enough of now and days. And unlike its contemporaries, its a record that has aged fairly well in comparison to today's releases.

(You think Pitchfork is bad? Look at Entertainment Weekly LMFAO!)
Atrocityblubber
97
Sure this album has dated by a bit but those is still a amazing album.The jazz production is still amazing to me today.And sure the lyrics can be simple but it really fits with the jazzy and chill vibe of this album
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Track List

  1. Excursions 
  2. Buggin' Out 
  3. Rap Promoter 
  4. Butter 
  5. Verses From The Abstract 
  6. Show Business 
  7. Vibes And Stuff 
  8. Infamous Date Rape 
  9. Check The Rhime 
  10. Everything Is Fair 
  11. Jazz (We've Got) 
  12. Skypager 
  13. What?
  14. Scenario
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Added on: September 8, 2012