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The Low End Theory

A Tribe Called Quest

1991

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Geeze, this is a great album. Another cornerstone crew of hiphop, Tribe is just... just great. They defined the genre for a whole generation of artists and their influence continues to be felt in the work of artists like Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, and more. The way that the verses are built over hooky boom-bap beats is compelling, neither element distracting from the other but each remaining engaging individually. So good. Just so damn good.

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Jazz and hip-hop were meant to be together. Just good fun, old school hip-hop. The fact that this album ends with Scenerio just shows how full of solid tracts this album is. 4/5

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Day 3 of 1001 albums you must hear before you die and I got my first hip hop album!! The 1991 sophomore album from the groundbreaking group A Tribe Called Quest. The Low End Theory was a follow up to their debut album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, which was the first album to receive the then prestigious award of 5 mics in The Source magazine. The Low End Theory was released slap dab in the middle of The New Jack Swing era, gangster rap and the times of huge pop successes of acts like MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice. Instead of making music about guns, girls, money and dancing, Q-Tip and Phife Dawg let their commentary about social issues spill onto jazz samples and record samples spun by DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The classic New York sound of jazz infused hip hop seems so natural now, looking back, however it was Tribe that founded the iconic sound that was considered alternative hip hop at the time. The biggest stand out of this album is Scenario. This monster of a song is credited for boosting the solo career of Busta Rhymes and is a fantastic energetic song. The lead single Check the Rhime is a nostalgic ride through the early 90’s. Q-Tip has one of the most unique voices in music and his back and forward exchanges with a much different sounding Phife gels so satisfyingly well together. (RIP Phife Dawg) This group paved the way for so many acts and inspired the culture so much it’s almost as if it had always been that way. Please share your thoughts and memories of this album. This is only my take on it and being that I was in elementary school when this released, it would be great to hear others perspective! 😎

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5

One of the best hip hop album ever.

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5

One of the greatest hip hop album ever. I really love the jazzy vibes.

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5

Classic hip-hop shit. Standout Tracks: Buggin' Out, Butter, Verses from the Abstract, What?, Scenario

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5

An album I didn't even need to listen to for the rating. Absolute classic Native Tongues, and maybe my favorite. The entirety of the second half of this album has a sequencing and flow unlike many of its kind. All are highlights.

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listened to it before baby

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5

Favorites: All Widely considered one of the greatest hip hop albums. Hugely influential in bridging the gap between jazz and hip hop

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5

Amazing. Just fuck me up with this over and over and over.

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If Arrested Development were a Hip-Hop artifact to be seen as a relic of how the genre used to sound, A Tribe Called Quest is a Hip-Hop database that you still hear referenced to this day. I've heard so many artist bite not only the flows but the literal lyrics from Tribe songs, I don't know how many times. All paying respect to their originators of course. This album is peak 90s Hip-Hop and I couldn't have been more pleased with a return listening. Only thing I will dock for is that the vibe is pretty samey throughout.

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On ne peut qu'être reconnaissant envers A Tribe Called Quest d'avoir composé la bande-son du jeu Monstres et Compagnie sur Game Boy Color (cf morceau What?). Dans celui-ci, Bob Razowski avait la possibilité d'effectuer deux sauts consécutifs en appuyant sur la touche A, tandis que Jacques Sullivan ne pouvait en effectuer qu'un seul.

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Classic cerebral rap. Best track: Scenario

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5

All time classic from the legendary Tribe.

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one of the best hiphop/jazz rap records of all time.

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Classic 90s hip-hop, top 10 hip-hop album of all time

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5

Effing loved it

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5

I don’t know why I’ve never listened to this before. Awesome stuff

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5

Nice. Funky rap.

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5

So much flow and creative. Midnight Marauders is also cool.

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5

Fitting that I got this album on MLK day. Definitely one I'd listen to again.

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5

A band I really need to listen to more. Hooks you within seconds.

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5

A tribe called quest is awesome. Early '90s backpack rap always makes me nod my head.

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5

Probably one of my top rap albums of all time, there are so many great songs on this. The vibe on this album is essentially the best overall.

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5

Just a powerhouse album, beats too good and rhymes masterful

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5

One of the best rap albums of all time.

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Despite being the least favourite of the Native Tongues, still a classic in rotation.

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5

This was epic!! I LOVED it!! Great great hip hop album!! Will most definitely listen to this again and again!!

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5

Full of bangerz

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5

Near perfect.

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5

Rhythm and jazz and hip-hop with such distinct world-view and atmosphere--really, really, really good.

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5

All day Phife and Tip. 5 foot Cypher and the Abstract. Love love love the Young Zulu Nation.

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5

One of my favorite rap albums ever, and my favorite by ATCQ. About as close to a perfect rap album as you can get. I love ATCQ.

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5

Very nice finding! I loved it!

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5

One of the greatest, RIP Phife Dawg

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5

Listened to it 10 times loved it

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5

Very good jazz hip funk shit

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5

Sehr geil

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5

What a surprise! I loved it!

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5

Excellent hip hop, fun rhyme schemes and superb flow

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5

So gooood. Groovy rhythms.

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5

This is great. Considered a 4 star as I didn't think there were any standout tracks but that's only because they are all great

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5

Good one

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5

Tribe called quest is legend.

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5

Always good.

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5

The best

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5

Best tracks: Check The Rhime, Buggin’ Out, Verses From The Abstract, What?

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5

This is a group I’ve always wanted to get into so I was excited to dive into this one today. This album is so awesome from beginning to end! Love the combination of jazz and hip-hop with intelligent lyrics. Wish I’d discovered this sooner.

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5

Just classic

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5

This album just blew me away. The production is phenomenal and is the perfect complement to the incredible, complex rapping. I think this is probably the best thing I've heard while doing this so far.

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5

Smooth flow. Game changing beats. Very relaxed and an incredible play off each others' strengths. All 3 voices flow so smoothly. As they say: "We got the vibe"

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Old school 90s rap viiiiiiibes! Wholesome <3

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5

One of the best rap albums of all time, and one of the best albums regardless of genre. Just so good.

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5

old school hip hop honestly all bangers

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5

Awesome 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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5

I listened to it five times in two days. What a revelation! Undeniably booty-shaking.

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5

a classic

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5

Absolute classic that set a standard for the genre. Excellent samples create a jazzy atmosphere that match up with the great lyrical team up of Q-Tip and Phife Dawg. One of the best albums in 90s hip-hop and an absolute must listen.

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5

Devastatingly cool and smooth. This album can be enjoyed in the background, with beats that go on for days, or with an intensive focus, with lyrics that bend and twist in delightful ways. This 1001 albums list is making me realize that I'm a much bigger fan of hip hop and rap than I initially thought.

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5

“Bust a nut inside your eye to show you where I come from” …cmon now

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5

Nothing needs to be said

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5

I've heard this before but one of the easiest 5s on the list. Such a good and important rap album

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5

The jazz influence on this album really amazed me the first time I heard it. Some excellent lyrics as well, and I really love the delivery. Unrelated to the music, but I also love the album cover.

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5

Rap and hip-hop isn't my inherent wheelhouse. I didn't grow up listening to it, I don't listen to a lot of modern hits, and most of what I listen to is make or break for me. This album just CLICKS with me, though. The smooth, jazzy backbeats, the atmospheric and melodic instrumentation, Phife and Q-Tip's fun and flowing lyrics...it's just the perfect rap album in my mind. It's influenced so many different artists today: Kanye, Pharrell, Dr. Dre, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Kendrick, Dave Chapelle...there's hardly any entertainer or artist that isn't inspired or owes something to this album. Everything from its structure, emotion, and production is top notch. Favorite Song: What? Least Favorite: Ahh...this is so hard...Show Business? Everything is so good, though. Least Favorite: Sagar (The Ocean) ... only because of it's slow start and it's a pretty long song. It's still a great piece, just not one I'd revisit as much.

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5

Chance el mejor disco de rap de la historia.

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5

Flat-out classic album. Six stars.

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5

Old schull good shit

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5

classic!

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Class, know this one well. Already had an older Tribe album. This is sick though, a classic. Not even started listening and know it's gonna be a 5. Yeh, 5, easy.

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Badass

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5

Probably one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.

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5

I love this. Smart, cool, jazzy, intellectual. No drugs, minimal cursing - and I love both of those things. But it's just a very refreshing vibe. Can see why its a classic.

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5

No notes needed

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5

A classic. A legend. I'm not cool enough for this album.

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I like how this album is poetry about their lives, trying to understand themselves and describing how they saw their lives. It's slow, smooth, and honest. 5/5

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OK here's another group i've heard so much about but I don't know if I've ever listened to - was far too much into guitar rock at the time but *wow* I missed out on this. Or maybe I wasn't ready - but this is the kind of hip-hop I love. Should I even categorize it merely as hip-hop? Because forget the rap for a minute - the first thing I'll ever notice on any album is the music and the music *KILLS* here. It's impossible to not move to the opening track "Excursions" - there's a hard jazz element with heavy drum loops (no 808s - and although these are samples they sample the real deal which IMO is always better. Always.) and the album never lets up at all. The music mostly isn't loud and in your face, but at the same time it propels and is never dull. I want to hear and see them performing this entire album with a full band - I can hear it translating brilliantly. Moving to the actual vocals I *love* the attack of multiple rappers (and as big a Public Enemy fan I am, and Chuck D is the best, Flav is a sideshow...) - it works so well on every song - including the guest spots (e.g. "Show Business"). I think my favourite aspect of the rapping is how rhythmic they are - accentuating, complimenting, and becoming *part* of the music - so much more than a ton of modern hip-hop that I just haven't been able to connect with. It's hard for me to find a favourite, but some other standouts are "Verses From The Abstract" "Check the Rhime" and "Jazz." Tribe feel like a BAND on every track here, rather than rapping over a beat - it's an integrated experience. This defines cool in every way and I'm psyched to add this to my collection - if there's any negative, it seems to tail off on the last few tracks - nothing bad, just loses a little steam. But the highs are so good that for only the second time in ~150 albums I've gone in completely blind and come out looking at 5 stars... 9/10 5 stars.

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8th November 2021 Listened on the living room speaker while working, chilled one. Love it, as ever, 80s/90s rap is the best.

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5

An absolute classic. I listened to this album years ago, but I don't know if I ever heard it front to back. I don't know what I was thinking, because every track is fire.

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Brilliance. 90s rap at it's purest! You can find the abstract listenin to hip hop. 5 stars listen to this one a lot!

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Perfect rap album. Phife’s voice is incredible. Rhymes come at you fast. Have to work hard to catch all their lines. Super analog sound. When I think hip hop/rap, this is the sound I think of in my head.

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This album renewed my faith in rap music and made me start exploring true artists instead of pop rap.

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5

Always fun to get an album on here that you're familiar with. I love this album and their sound/style. Favourite songs: Excursions, Verses from the Abstract, Show Business, Check the Rhime

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A landmark album in hip-hop, and one of the father's of jazz rap. The beats are great, the lyrics are clever and impactful, and it's just generally fun all around. And then they came out with Midnight Marauders too... Favourite Tracks: Buggin Out, Vibes and Stuff, Scenario

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Do you know the importance of a Skypa-jah? Love, love, love. Saw TCQ tour this album at the Flood Zone with Busta Rhymes. They went out with Scenario and the whole place was going wild! The Low End Theory is contaminated with all the good post-high school memories, there's no way that I could provide an unbiased review today. ----- Equally as good is the TCQ doc. Highly recommend. https://www.amazon.com/Beats-Rhymes-Life-Travels-Called/dp/B005LM7KP0

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5

Essential 90's hip hop starts and ends with A Tribe Called Quest. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg (RIP) expertly spit bars over fantastic jazz beats. The opening moments of the album with the bass of Excursions is neigh-unforgettable, setting up expectations for the rest of the album's runtime. The Tribe has the stage: now is the time to listen. The vibes on this album are perfection. It's so incredibly mellow, like hanging out with your friends, chillin'.

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5

Smoothest beats of all time. A timeless classic.

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Maybe the best album by a band with mostly great albums

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5

This album bumps

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5

Smooth beats and great flows. Stellar showing from Special Ed and Q-Tip on this timeless release.

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5

I just might have found my favorite hip hop album. And no it's not only because it's 48 minutes long with short, succinct songs ... I love the vibe they create with their jazzy samples. And the rapping is intelligent and creative and I don't think I heard the word nigga or bitch ot even once. Great creative al bum that I loved from beginning to end 5 🌟

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5

In terms of rap music, as a whole, I genuinely don't think it gets much better than this. A step up from their debut, the beats are just as fresh as the day this came out. The rhymes are great, lyrics great. Thirty years later, and it's still amazing. "Check the Rhime" is still one of the best rap songs ever released. Favorite tracks: "Check the Rhime", "Buggin' Out", "Jazz (We've Got)"

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5

Coming from one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time, this album is at the very least a top ten hip hop album of all time. Along with De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest invented the acid jazz sound.

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4

Old school hip hop perfection.

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4

1991: Check the Rhime, Scenario, Excursions

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30/09/2020 Sat in room when the water went out and phys got cancelled. Really enjoyed this album and was excited for my first hiphop piece. However, some of the album has not aged well at all, although it was part of a genre defining movement at the time. Songs like 'infamous date rape' in particular are not an easy listen. Tempted to give a 3, but because I am so aware of the position ATCQ have in hiphop, and the general influence of this album, I feel inclined to give a 4. Sugar Hill Gang/Grandmaster Flash influences run through the blood of this album.

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i already listened to this it's great

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4

Great hip-hop.

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Good!

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4

Good shit

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4

good rap, just like JF used to like... traitor!

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4

Great music, but not for work.

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Classic hip-hop beats. Good stuff

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4

Really good album. Great rhymes and flow.

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4

Classic 90s rap album.

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4

Hip hop ok!

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4

Dug it

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4

Fav song: Check the Rhime Cool album Obviously a classic

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4

Both the flow and the music are great, lyrics are also quite good. I love the jazz samples used in it.

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4

Honestly? It is GREAT. High relistenability.

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4

Finally some hip hop

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I love the Scenario but I hadn't heard much of this album. It was really good.

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4

I love this album. One of my all time favorite hip hop albums. No one can flow like Q Tip.

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4

I love the references to pagers and watching Arsenio Hall on channel 9

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4

Starting with a strong one

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4

Thanks Tribe, very cool

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I really enjoy jazz rap, and my earlier adventures into a tribe called quest hadn’t stuck, but I have a feeling that this one will

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Hey, a rap album I actually liked! I thought this album was actually really solid, and I think a big part of that is as a musician I would enjoy playing along to this. Some really fun beats and baselines that are, like, actually real and not just electronic

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4

not bad, even if the style is not my jam

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4

Was pretty cool, but it isn’t my type of music, however was a very nice experience:)

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This sounds so much like the 90s, I can see how this is the roots of rap and how at the time had a very street sound and lyrics. Has some interesting bars.

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4

Probably one of my favorite hip-hop albums

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4

Wow! First time I have heard this and thought it was just fantastic!

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4

I liked it.

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4

sounds dated. but in a good way.

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4

Not typically my cup of tea but enjoyed it more than I thought I would

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Great time

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false

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4

One of the most chill and relaxed hip hop albums I've heard so far. Very fun and vibey. Ultimately a little dated sounding, but not in a bad way; just missing some of the high-density rhymes and flows of later rappers that really attracts me. Biting and funny lyrics though!

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hip hop it do make serotonin 4/5

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Another one that I listened to and wrote something about, but I don't remember what. I know I liked the album enough to give it a 4, mostly for the sound.

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Hard to imagine that hip hop didn’t sound like this before A Tribe.

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I worried they’d all sound the same after the 3rd song. But to be fair there’s a few good songs after the first half.

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4

Digg it

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enjoyed it and will be back

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Great classic hip-hop. A little jazzy. Great lyrics, good beats. Solid all around!

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4

Bra album. Bra beats och lyrics. Kanske några låtar för många på albumet. Bästa låtar: Check the Rhime Butter Show Business

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Good stuff

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4

Guilty for not giving TCQ more of a chance earlier in life but blessed for being able to experience this classic with fresh ears. Starts strong, Ends strong. Middle is a little weaker.

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Jazz hip hop very cool

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Noteworthy. He led the way in early 90s hip hop. Another one I like

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4

pretty good. not really any standout tracks that you'd put on as for a quick hit. if you want to listen to this then you basically need to put the whole album on.

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4

I'm embarrassed to say I never actively listened to A Tribe Called Quest until 2016 when We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service came out. I think I like We Got It From Here, better than this album. But I also think it's an album that would grow on me more and more each listen.

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4

My introduction to the seed that will seemingly eventually grow into rap, and you know, actually very good.

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Buenazo. Me entretuvo y me gustaron los beats, la mezcla a veces con otros sonidos, otros tonos. Fluye bastante bien, a gusto. Entre mis favs: "Buggin' Out", "Show Business" y "Scenario". 8.5/10

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Que gran sonido de esta banda. Había escuchado muy poco de ellos. Me gustó la ondita hipnótica y repetitiva del disco en general. Fav: jazz (we got it)

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4

Pretty good. Not my style so prob won’t listen to again

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This album is crisp as hell - minimalist beats and bass lines that take no prisoners coupled with dense bars that range from abstract to narrative gems. Deserves more than a few replays for sure

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4

Solid album

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Conocía su super éxito que está en otro disco, pero este me ha parecido muy divertido. Puro Rap y Hip-hop de los 90. Hay canciones muy buenas: "Verses from the Abstract", "Show Busisness", "Jazz (We've got)", "Skypager" o "What?". Un disco de 4 estrellas al que volveré.

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I actually really like this album considering it’s genre I thought it was fun I like the music and I also like the singing aspect so I was thinking about giving a four or three I would give it 3.5 but I think I’m going to get before just because I don’t think I would like any other music that sounds like this this one is just different

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4

Really cool, but another album where no one track jumped out at me. I could see me going back for multiple listens and becoming more familiar with each track though

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4

Been a long time since I listened to this. Love the double bass - such a distinctive sound it gives to the album. There's more misogyny than I remembered. 🤨 I guess there's less than a lot of acts were putting out at around that time, but still... Fave track - "Buggin' Out" for that double bass goodness. "Scenario" was great too...

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4

Still a great album

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4

Overall pretty enjoyable, never really listened to old-school legends of rap and hip-hop like this. First song was kind of weak but it picked up with the second. Standout song was definitely Butter. I thought the jazz samples were awesome. Lyrically interesting but the constant AABBCC rhyme scheme was grating at times. I know this was kind of earlier work but I hoped for more variation. Overall glad I listened.

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4

Always a classic

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4

It's a vibe, songs kinda mesh together. First one and last two are the best songs.

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4

Excellent classic 90s hiphop/rap. Qtip rules.

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🎤 check 1 2 what is this!

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Overall, the bass lines and jazzy rap hit right. Lost me on a couple songs. Really serves as a time capsule to 1991 in so many ways. The Busta feature on Scenario is a standout favourite for me.

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4

This album feels like I’m hanging out in Central Park listening to Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and their crew wax lyrical about life’s issues. Some dude could be playing the plastic bucket drums and someone else beat boxing and all would be right. Who knew a great hip hop album could be made without curse words? Rhetorical question…a lot of people, but it’s refreshing. I remember back to the Pretentious-Ass’s comment that Dr. Dre killed hip hop. And this is the type of album I assume P-A thought was killed. I could use more musically to pique my interest. I know they stripped it down to focus on the lyrical message, which I get. However, I would personally be more into the lyrical message with some more layers to the music. It would be nice if there were more hip hop around like this today. Maybe there is and I just need to search harder.

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Tribe Called Quest is great. Hip hop hall of famers. And "Low End Theory" is a seminal work in hip hop history. But it's strengths are also it's weaknesses. It's so chill and smooth and laid back, but sort of to its detriment. Much of this album sounds the same, without much to differentiate one song from another. Until you reach the last two tracks. "What?" feels very fresh, packed with tons of references and the wittiest lyrics on the album. The album then ends with "Scenario," one of Tribe's biggest hits. It should have opened the album instead of concluding it, but either way it's inclusion hurts everything else by comparison. Nothing else had the energy that "Scenario" had. When it comes to alternative, more mindful hip-hop, Tribe Called Quest might be legendary, but the other album we've rated from this subgenre - Jurassic 5's "Power in Numbers" - is much better in my view. I'm giving this a 3.75, and rounding up because 3 stars doesn't capture the skill and artistry at play here, even if it doesn't reach its potential.

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4

Любопытно.

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4

Takes half an album to get going, but very good when it does.

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4

Cool old school hip hop

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4

pretty decent hip hop

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4

The album is a lyrical masterpiece. Each song has different story-telling, poetry, and the free-styling element of rap music. Despite its poetry and smart rhymes I don’t find myself listening to this later. It’s more of an album to appreciate as a gold piece of art in a museum. Unless you memorize lyrics and hooks easily, you will need to take extra time to understand each song’s content, meaning, and true value. Many people have mentioned the jazz infusion in some of the songs. I personally don’t think the jazz elements did much to influence the album except for a few songs. But that does not take away from its quality.

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4

Really enjoyed the album. solid 4.3

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A hip hop classic, more of a place in time album then what I consider pinnacle for me personally, however a great introduction to the world for Busta Rhymes, would go 3.5

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Connor: it's a decent album. from the beginning, the first verse is incredible - but it's probably the best on the album. Q-Tip flows great throughout, but the lyrics are a little weak in the middle songs and the beats use cool jazzy instruments but are a little too sparse

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Cool super early rap/hip hop. Obviously not my favorite but not bad at all

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Enormously influential in its day, but just sounds stale and dull today. In the same genre, Blowout Comb is a vastly superior album, and still sparkles and entertains.

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not my jam, some swearing, but overall not bad

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good vibe and flow

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Surprisingly enjoyable. I remember back when this was released thinking that the singles were kinda bland. It all works much better as a full album though, and there are lots of fun jazz samples. Highlights include: Show Business What?

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Fav Song: Vibes and Stuff

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Couldn't kick it but was aight

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What I heard I enjoyed. Chilled hip hop.

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Definitely an acquired taste. Need to explore it more, expect I will enjoy it.

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Good stuff.

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Pretty good hip-hop album

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The same beat for the entire album gets old fast

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Está de 3.999999

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Not a big rap fan, this has a solid feel and well crafted lyrics.

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Early on I was interested in this album, but as it went on it started to feel a little more like a stereotype of '90's hip hop. My guess is that's probably because of how quintessential this is, but I can't be sure. Thought it was interesting there were so many songs disrespecting women, but also an entire song condemning date rape culture (which also inlcuded casual sex jokes?) quite a mix! I think there are clearly songs I'd like to listen to again, but not an album I'd want to spin all the way through.

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I'm kinda a fan of older rap like this.

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Hip-hop. Ni fu ni fa

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Hip Hop

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funky which I liked

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Highlight: Butter Big bumpin' ensemble hip-hop rap that sounds unmistakably 90's, but still echos in modern hip-hop. It's interesting to hear the roots of so many sounds.

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5.5

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FT: Scenario

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I like this out of the gate. Good old school rap. Good beats. Good vocal. And then it feels a bit like Groundhog Day - didn’t they already play this song? And then it feels a bit like Groundhog Day - didn’t they already play this song? I’m not a lyrics focused person, so even after two listening, I didn’t catch much of the content, so I’m guessing there is good substance there that I missed. More blood. More chocolate. The Elton Costello 90s rap album.

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Classic rap with jazz influences

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All the windows down for this album.

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- great fro background listening, sounds like one long song

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Meh. I can see the appeal (and why it's called The Low End Theory!), but not for me.

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The beats were my favourite thing in this record. The lyrics are fun and clever most of the time. But I'm not a fan of some the rapping in here; in my opinion it's what makes this album feel kind of flat. Still, I think that this is a great album to get introduced to hip.hop. I read somewhere that this is an album even your mom would like, and that's probably right at least for a couple of tracks.

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No me gusta mucho el hip hip, pero el álbum es bueno

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A pesar de que no me gusta el rap, me gustó el disco. Tiene buenos temas, aunque se me hace algo "pesado" a la larga. Nota: 3.5

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Cet album etant ni plus ni moins qu'un copié collé niveau qualité et intérêt de ma part de Fishscale de Ghostface Killah, je vais me contenter de copier coller ma review: c'etait pas nul, c'etait pas particulièrement bien non plus. Un album à très vite oublier, il faut se reconcentrer sur le prochain match

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very old school rap when the horns come in ... the delivery is great funky beat in deed very cohesive (so danger : repetitive) 3

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I have their greatest hits. And I think that's better than their individual albums. Some nice tracks but then a lot of forgettable ones. Plus it seems like they made no effort to make a cohesive album. Just random songs strung together.

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Verses from the Abstract was the track that pulled me into the album. Show Business pulled me back out. I think if I had heard this in 91 or even the 90s it would hit certain nostalgic tones. But hearing it for the first time 20 years later I'm finding the rhyming and beats dated.

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Strong beats, flow and samples but wasn’t as convinced by all of the lyrics. Fun album but prefer a little more message or theme from the early nineties. Enjoyed scenario and check the rhime.

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It’s something I would probably never listen to, but I really enjoyed it. It’s got some fun songs here and there. You can definitely see how they influenced some of the newer hip hop and rap.

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Not my style

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interesting style of music, but really meant for new yorkers, and i don't understand hip-hop

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Dope

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good stuff

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It's obvious that if there's a "hole in my game", it's with hip-hop. It's probably my least listened to genre. But doing this list every day has at least allowed me to experience a lot of it. It may never be my jam, but I can at least appreciate the albums I've listened to on this list. My hunch is I'll listen to certain songs on playlists and not the albums again. This is different hip-hop from what I've had so far on the list. Not a lot of danceable songs here, and tends to sound more like relatable background music. Also: no swear words! Not that they're necessary, just worth mentioning as something that is different from others in the same genre. It's decent enough. But I spent some time listening with the dreaded "meh" word coming to mind. Definitely belongs on the list, but I put it behind entries I've heard by Public Enemy, Missy Elliot and (my favorite, although some wouldn't call her hip hop) Nenah Cherry.

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Always thought this was the ATCQ number one record…. Just not as good as peoples instinctive travels. Not bad though!

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Excellent album, really liked it.

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Not my genre, nice beats. Some of the lyrics really hit me, I needed to save some songs. Great piece of history.

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// Favs: – Score: Light 3

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Bass and drum heavy. I like this but it seems not that big of a deal. But, it was the first of its kind so that’s what makes it groundbreaking

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Old school rap

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Jazzy, swinging - a fair amount of double bass providing the low end. lovely flow to the raps

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Vermeintlich freundlich-funky-er early Nineties HipHop aus der Golden Era. Natürlich nicht nur freundlich, sondern auch super edgy und conscious. Das alles weiß ich natürlich noch von früher, aus den Neunzigern. Hat sich nichts dran geändert nach erneutem Hören nach langer Zeit. Produktion absolut on Top, klingt leider trotzdem dated, weil: naja, HipHop heute, ihr wisst schon. Ich begehe den Fehler und achte schon wieder kaum auf Lyrics, geht also die ganze Consciousness verloren und übrig bleiben Q-Tip und Phife und die warmen, lässigen jazzigen Soundscapes. Gefällt mir 3,49.

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Erstes Drittel edieses ikonischen Hiphop Albums wirkt wie die vielfache Variation des Gleichen. Brat-, Pell-, Stampfkartoffeln, Reibekuchen, Kroketten und Klöße stammen auch vom Erdapfel, bieten jedoch mehr Variation als die ersten 4 Tracks. Erst nach Beigabe von „Butter“ wird’s leckerer…sonst fehlt es oft an würzigen Samples wie dort und hier („Verses…“ & „Vibes…“). Fade 2.8

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Not a huge hip hop fan and this album didn’t change that. A few songs have some slightly interesting “jazz” vibes (If you call a simplistic repetitive phrase with slightly unusual chords “jazz”), but all in all I still don’t get the hype. It’s 4/4 repetitive rhythmns with rhyming. 3 stars since it’s a foundational album for many subsequent artists and my bias gives it the benefit of the doubt, but I really don’t see what’s so special about it myself.

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classic

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Great vibe but suffers from being too one note. Scenario is the only song that stands out as being different on this album.

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Funky groove but pretty basic lyrics. Overall Album sounds the same from start to finish.

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Þétt old school rap. Ekki alveg minn tebolli en hélt mér samt við efnið

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slouches along amiably enough for the first half, kicks it up a notch for the second. low end indeed

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not my style but mmh!

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Old school. A bit boring. Does not pass the test of time. For hip hop historians.

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Boring. Beat with rap over it. No melodies, it's just all the same.The best thing I can say is that it doesn't have quite as much swearing as most rap. Also it's intelligible - so all in all, it's the best rap album we've had so far.

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3.5

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Not my thing, but I respect the old sound.

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Solid rap, but some of the usual macho and vaguely sexist overtones :/

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Can't do it. I recognize the lyrical effort but i cannot stand the underlying soft jazz beat music and the completely disconnected rap... there's no energy. Scenario is the only song that carries it.

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Better than the other rap albums we've gotten so far, still not my thing though.

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Dificil de poner nota, Hip Hop no es un estilo que me haya llamado la atencion.

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No estoy acostumbrado a este tipo de música. No puedo valorar

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Nothing special, just generic rap

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Niet mijn ding om aan 1 stuk uit te luisteren. Een nummer of 2 wel oké

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Ik heb het beluisterd volgens mijn listening history op spotify, maar ik kan me geen enkel nummer herinneren. Heeft duidelijk geen indruk gemaakt.

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The Low End Theory is regarded as one of the most influential albums in hip hop history. Even though its been called the "Sgt. Pepper's of hip-hop" and helped meld the lines between jazz and hip-hop in the early 90s, this is not really an album for me. Best: Scenario Worst: Butter

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2/5

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Not into hip-hop at all and this album didn't make me change my mind. I like the lyrics more than expected, and I like the jazz influences, though

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It made me so soft, my cock ring fell off in the supermarket.

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There are some great bass lines, and hooks, in a few of the songs. (Excursions, Butter, Everything Is Fair). I can get into tracks like these in small doses.

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4/10

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Si hi ha un génere sobredimensionat a la llista és el hip hop. Aquest cas és un altres dels molts discos suposadament imprescindibles, canònics, obres mestres de les primeres generacions. No sé. És mitjanament disfrutable el to jazzístic amb el flow dels dos MCs i les lletres compromeses que s'allunyen de l'habitual agressivitat de l'época, però no és res de l'altre món, lluny està de ser-ho

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Background rap

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It was ok. Interesting to hear them reference fake news

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They keep sending me stuff I don't like

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Joah…nee.

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I get it that this is classic jazz hip hop but I didn't connect on first listen. Catch me on a different day and maybe I'll be ready.

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I liked a few songs. the stripped down drum, bass, vocals thing really does work, BUT it only works for a few songs for me. After 3 or 4 I find myself getting bored. I know that's blasphemy to some, but I just find that I don't really click with hip-hop.

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Not bad for hip-hop, but still kind of boring. Same beat over and over. 2

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Not my sort of thing

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Got boring and was looking forward to it.

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Eh, just not for me. The first four tracks (that's all I got through) were too similar

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The music actually wasn't bad for rap. Having a live drummer is infinitely better than a electronic beat.

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Mwa. Kwestie van uitzitten.

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Ik vond er een paar dagen geleden al niet veel aan (Q-Tip solo), en nu nog steeds niet (Q-Tip met hele band).

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Beetje gedateerd inmiddels en ik had er wel iets meer van verwacht.

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Not for me

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Junk

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Not Nice

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This hip hop album was not very interesting to me. It's to much rap in there I had to follow while working.

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basta!

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Nah.

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Oooootro de hiphop... No no puedo

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Disco de RAP

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Very 90's rap. Boring and irritating.

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I'm just not into hip-hop..

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A packed lunch of shit sandwiches and jizz. A banana too for nutrition.

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Not my thing. Why is rapping considered singing?! #oldwoman

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This is a jazz/hiphop gem! Must listen.

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