41. A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest will always be one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. Between MCs Phife Dawg and Q-Tip’s different styles they created a debut album that captivated the hip-hop community in 1990. However it was their sophomore album that gave us their greatest achievement.
The two MCs put together an incredible blend of jazz and hip-hop packed with positive lyrics, a lack of profanity and Scenario... the greatest hip-hop track ever.
I love 90’s hip-hop; love it. A Tribe Called Quest represents everything I loved about it. The album is an instant classic and continued the streak of great records for Phife and Tip; but no record could ever surpass this.
The album’s closing track is Scenario which I previously stated as the greatest hip-hop track ever. It’s genuinely a great track with an amazing beat, great verse trade off and one of the catchiest hooks the genre has to offer. It also introduced the world to Busta Rhymes who was one of the greatest MCs in the game for a while (before he started doing songs with the Pussycat Dolls).
It genuinely saddens me how many people I meet who claim to be fans of rap but have never heard this album before. Seriously, if you don’t already own this album (even if you don’t like most rap) you should have this in your collection.