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de la Soul are remembered as the premier Native Tongues posse, those rappers who got low-key, self-consciously thoughtful, and jazzy in the face of gangsta's hardcore threats. But A Tribe Called Quest may have been even stronger, especially on their excellent second album, the bass-thumping, heavily jazz-sampled the Low End Theory. According to the opening "Excursions," rapper Q-Tip's old man says the disc's jazz-rap "reminded him of bebop," and Q calls himself "prominent like Shakespeare." But if Charlie Parker had ever written poetic couplets and backed them with funky-drummer and Ron Carter-on-bass grooves this irresistible, he might have been as big as the Bard and Brother James combined. - David Cantwell.

 

  • 1 Excursions
  • 2 Buggin' Out
  • 3 Rap Promoter
  • 4 Butter
  • 5 Verses from the Abstract
  • 6 Show Business
  • 7 Vibes and Stuff
  • 8 Infamous Date Rape
  • 9 Check the Rhime
  • 10 Everything Is Fair
  • 11 Jazz (We've Got)
  • 12 Skypager
  • 13 What?
  • 14 Scenario

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