September 24th – A Tribe Called Quest release their legendary sophomore album, “The Low End Theory”, on Jive Records, on this day in 1991.
The album, considered one of hip-hop’s finest ever, is also considered one of the forerunners of the hip-hop/jazz fusion movement, although most of the samples used are from 1970’s funk records.
Legendary Jazz bassist Ron Carter however does appear on the album, setting a be-bop tone.
The album spawned some of hip-hop’s classic hit singles like, “Jazz (We’ve Got)”, Check The Rime” and the ultimate posse track “Scenario”, featuring Leaders Of The New School. “The Low End Theory” also contained classic album cuts like “What?”, “Excursions”, “The Infamous Date Rape”, “Butter”, “Rap Promoter” and “Everything Is Fair”. Guests, other than Carter, on the album included, Brand Nubian and Vinia Mojica. Production on “The Low End Theory” was handled by Skeff Anslem, Pete Rock and the group themselves. “The Low End Theory” is considered one of the greatest albums of all time.