26 years ago today, the famous rap group A Tribe Called Quest released their sophomore album ‘The Low End Theory’.
After a highly successful first album, there were many questions about ATCQ’s concerns about the ‘Sophomore Jinx’, but for group members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White, they knew this album would catapult their careers to newer heights and ensure their spot in hip-hop history for years to come.
With the debut single “Check the Rhime”, the group was already off to a great start for the release of the album. In 2008, VH1 ranked the song No. 29 on their 100 Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop list.
To this day, the album remains critically acclaimed for its ability to combine the world of jazz and hip-hop on songs like “Verses from the Abstract” featuring legendary double bassist Ron Carter. It even has received the iconic five mics from #TheSource and was ranked number 154 on Rolling Stone’s list for “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
What was your favorite song from the album?