The Low End Theory (studio album) by A Tribe Called Quest
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 84.8/100, a mean average of 83.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 84.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.0.
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Great jazz-rap record with amazing beats and flow and mostly fantastic creatively written lyrics. My favorite tracks are more chill ones - Excursions, Vibes And Stuff, Jazz (We've Got It), but I also like more dynamic ones such as Scenario, Buggin' Out and Show Business.
One of the best produced rap albums ever, the layers to these beats are incredible. The flows and bars might sound dated but I think there is real charm in that and they are still great to listen to, brings an easiness to the album.
An interesting and enjoyable listen that can sound a little dated on some tracks but it still has a lot of quality. What impresses me the most with this release is just how well it flows with it transitioning from one song to the next brilliantly. This makes the record feel like a grand and complete experience for us which also makes the music feel very cohesive. The lyrics are fantastic as well and the delivery is very impressive throughout. However, what holds this album back is the inconsistency of the beats with some sounding great and others sounding quite repetitive and dated. This leads to an up and down listen which struggles to captivate me for the full run time. Overall, there are some fantastic highlights on here but the filler lets it down and holds back the music.
I had always really enjoyed The Low End Theory, but it wasn’t until 2020’s lockdown that I returned to the entire Tribe discography, a much needed endeavor. It was then that my love of this record really blossomed.
There is an aura or vibe or mojo or something about The Low End Theory that I’m not sure I can get from any other album. The sound and aesthetics are timelessly vintage and perpetually inviting to the ear. Mix that with the mindset these guys had at the time for what Tribe was and what it represented. The Low End Theory is the sound of youth meeting experience.
This album is easily one of the great hip hop records. And it’s one of my very favorite albums of all time.
Best rap album of the day
Muy buen disco!!!!!
As inserções de jazz são insanas! Obra-prima!
One of the best rap albums in existence. The flow is just perfect, and the tracks are great.
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