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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.

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