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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  • Hip Hop Since 85

    As far as groups go, Tribe is in the top 4 or 5 greatest of all times… Of course you have in no certain order,
    Run DMC, Tribe, Oukast, NWA, 2 Live Crew….(I know-I know…) but in the late 80′s and and early 90′s) they (2 Live) had the radio on complete lock down. Tribe was a great group though, you felt like hip hop when the album came on, AND THEN, when that midnight Maurauders came out—WRAP!!! Nothing like it….

    • illionaire603

      That is a weak ass top 5 group, Wu should def be up there you crazy, Wu, Tribe, Outkast, BCC, De La Soul

      Or you could even throw in NWA if you want, or Brand Nubian, but you’re gonna throw 2 live crew in? whack.

    • smokey

      You’re hella old if you think 2 live, Run-DMC, and NWA deserve to be up there. They were all influencial but no where near the best. Run-DMC was hella simple, even for thier time, 2 Live was fun but thats it and their run was only a lil while, and NWA was cool for Straight out of Compton but after Cube left they lost all direction.

  • billy blank

    how the fuck can u put 2live crew in ur top 5 groups of all time but not WU-TANG…….F.O.H.

    • d

      hahahaha….EXACTLY! wtf

  • iamlegend100

    Damn, Tribe is legendary, lyrics to go, God lives through, clap your hands, f*ck it the whole Midnight Marauders album was a str8 up classic, the low end theory was the truth 2 but Midnight was and will always be one of the best hip hop albums of all time hands down, bar none!!!

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  • oskamadison

    @ Hip Hop since 85…

    Your inclusion of 2 Live Crew caught me off guard as well but…EVERYBODY HAS A RIGHT TO THEIR OWN OPINION! No one’s “top 5″ list is any better or wacker than anyone else’s. That being said…
    I always respected The Low End Theory but I’m probably in the minority that actually prefers People’s Instinctive Travel’s…to TLET. I just like the vibe of the first one better. Their BEST joint is of course Midnight Marauders. Their most slept-on joint (not just in their catalog but in Hip-Hop, period) is Beats, Rhymes and Life. Damn…doesn’t it seem like The Love Movement never even happened?