Release date: 24th September 1991
Label: Jive / RCA
Producers: A Tribe Called Quest / Skeff Anselm
Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):
“The Low End Theory is the second album by American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Released on September 24, 1991 through Jive Records, the album produced three singles: “Check the Rhime,” “Jazz (We’ve Got),” and “Scenario”. After A Tribe Called Quest’s debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990), Jarobi White left the group to study culinary art. Phife Dawg learned that he was diabetic a month after the album’s release and after a discussion with fellow member Q-Tip, they agreed to increase his participation on their second album and to “step it up in general as a group.” Q-Tip credited N.W.A’s album Straight Outta Compton (1988) as an inspiration for the record. The group hired double bassist Ron Carter on the track “Verses from the Abstract”. Q-Tip stated, “We wanted that straight bass sound, and Ron Carter is one of the premier bassists of the century.” Carter agreed to record tracks on the condition that the group avoid profanity, to which Q-Tip assured they were addressing “real issues”.When asked by critics and interviewers if he was afraid of a “sophomore jinx”, Q-Tip responded by saying “‘Sophomore jinx?’ What the fuck is that, I’m going to make The Low End Theory”.”
- Listen to Chris Read’s 25th Anniversary Mixtape.
- The singles ‘Check The Rhime’ and ‘Scenario’ appear on our Classic Material 1991 Mixtape
- The track ‘Buggin Out’ appears on our 1991 Rap Megamix.
- The album comes in at #2 in Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1991.
- The single ‘Check The Rhime’ comes in at #2 in Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles of 1991.