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


My mom bough a six-disc CD changer for me for Christmas in the winter of 1991. And she bought me six CDs. One of the six CDs was Low End Theory—those were my first six CDs I ever had, and one of those CDs was Low End Theory. I played it every morning going to school. Every morning. That was like the soundtrack to my winter of ’91, spring of ’92. That was my personal soundtrack. It’s safe to say, for me, as well as Phonte, as well as Slum Village, Mos Def, Kweli, The Roots, Pharrell, you name it, OutKast, we could go on forever to say if you you look at the A Tribe Called Quest family tree, they got a lot of offspring. They have a ton of offspring of people that they have affected and that they have [helped] form and shape the sound and lives and careers. Pharrell said it in the [Tribe] documentary: You know, I loved hip-hop. I loved hip-hop music. But Tribe was one of the first groups, if not the first group, that made you say, you feel like you are actually a part of it. And that’s what Tribe was, man. Tribe, to me, is my favorite hip-hop group of all-time. Period. No holds barred. Hands down. Hats off to them dudes. They changed my life and I love ‘em all. They deserve everything they get.

  • 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!!!

    • ptc

      COSIGN!!

  • 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?