The Low End Theory – A Tribe Called Quest – 9.5

From West to East. The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest is one of the best albums to come out of the 90’s and an essential listen for any music fan. Theory is the quintessential and defining jazz rap album. Q-Tip raps so smoothly and effortlessly throughout this album, he makes it look easy without breaking a sweat, his nasally low key voice is the perfect addition to the jazzy production, it’s almost hypnotic. Phife Dawg also does well to balance out the mic time, whilst not sounding as charismatic as Q, he does a good job nonetheless. Their wordplay and rhyming really are their biggest asset. But then comes the production, the majority delivered by Ali Shaheed Mohammed and others. This is some of the best smooth and funky jazz production I’ve ever heard. Individually each track is fantastic, listening to this album as a whole is a very pleasant and enjoyable experience. There are some interesting topics covered throughout this album such as love, relationships and the music industry which really are eye opening and told with such cleverness. Overall The Low End Theory is must listen that everyone should listen to at least once in their lives.

1. Excursions – 9.3
2. Buggin’ Out – 9
3. Rap Promoter – 9.2
4. Butter – 9.5
5. Verses From the Abstract – 9.3
6. Show Business – 9.5
7. Vibes and Stuff – 10
8. Infamous Date Rape – 9.5
9. Check the Rhime – 10
10. Everything is Fair – 9.4
11. Jazz (We’ve Got) – 9.1
12. Skypager – 8.4
13. What? – 9.7
14. Scenario – 10