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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

Fhhgvnjscvbbg
90

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

Rollo_P
100

What else is there to say in the presence of the greatest jazz rap record ever? Sure, Madvillainy is a jazzy album with better lyricism and just as good production, but Madvillainy is so many things that it can be hard to box it up in the contained 'jazz rap' category. Sure, illmatic features plenty of jazz rap in its production, but the grit and heaviness to some of the percussion and Nas' delivery pushes it more into hardcore boom bap territory. Don't even start with me with TPAB, that album ... read more

ydne
18

Every song sounds the exact same, just a bunch of lame jazz samples over the same drums, but I guess it's not the worst jazz rap album I've heard

bobbyhabnay
100

imagine showering with all this paint

91

9.1/10

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Track List

1Excursions
3:54
95
2Buggin' Out
3:37
95
3Rap Promoter
2:13
89
4Butter
3:38
93
5Verses from the Abstract
3:58
92
6Show Business
3:53
94
7Vibes and Stuff
4:17
92
8Infamous Date Rape
2:53
89
9Check the Rhime
3:36
96
10Everything Is Fair
2:58
91
11Jazz (We've Got)
4:10
96
12Skypager
2:12
85
13What?
2:28
87
14Scenario
4:10
97
Total Length: 48 minutes

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Added on: September 8, 2012