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The Low End Theory

A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
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Based on 3 reviews
1991 Ratings: #32 / 423
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1991 Ratings: #3
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The Low End Theory is an unqualified success, the perfect marriage of intelligent, flowing raps to nuanced, groove-centered productions.

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.

An essential album for anyone looking to delve into the realm of classic hip hop
Journey Into Hip Hop, No. 6

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL AN ALBUM! I was excited to listen to ‘The Low End Theory’ because it’s one of the most important alternative hip hop/jazz rap albums, and A Tribe Called Quest are one of the most respected groups in hip hop. I also learned this came out on September 24, 1991, the same day Nevermind, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and Badmotorfinger were released. The release date might have just been the best day for music ever, especially ... read more
10 Day Album Swap (w/ @theryanhimself)

Day 9

I wanted to check out ATCQ for a long time now, and this entry point is pretty damn great!!! Some great classic hip hop tracks on here, like "Buggin' Out" and "Scenario", and all of the members of the group did great with their lyricism and flows. A few dull spots on here, like "Everything Is Fair" and "What?", but still, those low moments were few and very far between. I'm a bit sad that I don't love it as ... read more
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
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!)
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Added on: September 8, 2012