20 Years of Low End Theory

by • October 1, 2011 • Blog, Hip Hop, Music

The defining hip hop album, Low End Theory, by A Tribe Called Quest, released on Jive Records, just turned twenty. With Jarobi White leaving the group after their debut album (People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhyme) in 1990, Phife Dog stepped up his involvement which clicked perfectly as a partnership with the very different tones of Q-Tip, and helped to define the legendary, laid back jazz-hip hop fusion Tribe are so well known for today, establishing the creative and historical link between Jazz and Hip Hop. Frankly, Hip Hop may not be the same without Tribe, and this album in particular, and to think it’s now twenty years old shows just how well it’s stood the test of time, despite Hip Hop moving on and evolving leaps and bounds in those two decades. Check the feature and interviews about it over on VH1 and cop the trailer for a Tribe documentary and a few of my picks from the album below.

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