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Producers Speak on the Influence of A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory

I remember that album. Oh my goodness. As a producer, it was something I listened to and referenced to. I know a lot of producers other big name producers can relate to what I’m saying. It was a reference point. It was a guide. You heard the sound in the production, it made you go, “Alright, let me go home and make some shit.” The production, the songs were so intricate. Nowadays, producers use one sample and use it through the whole song. But Tribe’s beats were a work of art. They were taking different samples and meshing them together and making them coordinate. Then the engineering, the clarity of the engineering on the album that was a well thought out album. Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad were those niggas. It changed music. I remember being in high school when that joint came out. They had definitely stepped the production up from the first album. Whatever engineer they had, Bob Powers, he acoustically murdered that album. Then “Check the Rhime,” that song is never going nowhere. It’s like “Eric B. for President,” one of those ill songs.

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