A Tribe Called Quest ‎– The Low End Theory

Jive ‎– 1418-2-J
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1 Excursions 3:53
2 Buggin' Out 3:38
3 Rap Promoter 2:13
4 Butter 3:39
5 Verses From The Abstract
Double Bass [Jazz Bass] – Ron CarterVocals [Vocal Tones] – Vinia Mojica
6 Show Business
Co-producer – A Tribe Called QuestFeaturing [Appears On] – Diamond D, Lord Jamar, Sadat XProducer – Skeff AnselmWritten-By – D. Murphy*, J. Kirkland*, L. DeChalus*, S. Anselm*
7 Vibes And Stuff 4:18
8 The Infamous Date Rape 2:54
9 Check The Rhime 3:36
10 Everything Is Fair
Co-producer – A Tribe Called QuestProducer – Skeff AnselmWritten-By – S. Anselm*
11 Jazz (We've Got) 4:09
12 Skypager 2:13
13 What? 2:29
14 Scenario
Featuring [Appears On] – Busta Rhyme*, Charlie Brown, Dinco DWritten-By – B. Higgins*, P. Jackson*, T. Smith*

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Recorded and mixed at Battery Studios, Greene Studios and Soundtrack Studios.
"Show Business" and "Everything Is Fair" programmed at Jazzy Jay's Studio.
Additional engineering at Battery; Greene Street and at Soundtrack.
Mastered DMS, NYC.

Direction/management: Baby Sound Productions and Rush Management.

"Excursions" contains samples from "Time Is Running Out" performed by the Last Poets and written by Omar Ben Hassen.
"Check The Rhime" features samples from Average White Band recording "Love Your Life" (H. Stuart/A. Gorrie/O. McIntyre/S. Ferrone/M. Duncan/R. Ball).
"Everything Is Fair" contains samples from "Let's Take It To The People" (G. Clinton/G. Shider/E. Hazel) performed by Funkadelic.
"Vibes And Stuff" contains samples from "Down Here On The Ground" (L. Shifrin/G. Garnet) performed by Grant Green

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 12414 14182
  • Barcode (Scanned): 1241414182
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): W.O. 18164-1 141851 DISC MFG INC. (H)
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 3146-1-1 ALLIED DT *1418-2-J*
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L451
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 7714

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
01241-41418-1 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Col) Jive 01241-41418-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
(7) 051 351-2, 051 351-2, CHIP 117, CHIP117 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory(CD, Album, RE) Jive, Jive, Jive, Jive (7) 051 351-2, 051 351-2, CHIP 117, CHIP117 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
JQ2 A Tribe Called Quest Show Vinyl(2xLP, Promo) Jive JQ2 USA & Canada 1991 Sell This Version
SICP 5245 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory(CD, Album, Ltd, RE) Sony Music Labels SICP 5245 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
ALCB-365 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory(CD, Album) Alfa ALCB-365 Japan 1991 Sell This Version


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April 18, 2016
Anyone else got 'Welcome to 1979' etched on their Side A? Bought it recently from HHV. CJH is etched on some of the other sides too


March 11, 2016
Casually played through my 2016 purchased copy and I am happy to report it is not a stinker. I hesitated on snagging a copy due to some of the comments here. Digit copy or not, the mastering is actually much better than my copy of marauders which is quiet and very flat sounding. The jacket appears to be a very low budget scan job as well. This album is worth the risk, just try to find one from a retailer who is good about returns if you get a dud.


May 5, 2015
Similar issues. Very annoying, crackles all the way through the B side in my case.


October 9, 2007
If someone were to come up with a hip-hop time capsule that could store the best material of all time and bury it underground for another to uncover in 50 years' time, there is no question that this CD would be an automatic entry, along with Run-DMC's laceless Adidas shoes and Eric B's gold rope chains. With just their second release, ATCQ cemented their place in history. Jazzy samples underpining some of the best lyrics and tracks ever produced - and each Tribe member coming into their own (perhaps Phife with the biggest improvement, even getting his own track, "Butter"). From the opening lick of "Excursions" to the last chorus of "Scenario", all of it is sheer genius. The saying is true: they don't make 'em like this anymore. Want more proof? Look at VH1's 2007 Hip Hop Honors ceremony; guess which nominee everyone wanted to see finally get respect.


December 28, 2003

In my opinion this is one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever produced. The music alone is intelligent, catchy, jazzy and flat out great. The lyrics are smart and clever delivered smoothly by the sharp vocals of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali. This is some of the best production. Every track on here is a classic and will be remembered for decades...