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"Scenario"

Single by A Tribe Called Quest
from the album The Low End Theory
B-side "Butter"
Released January 1992
Format 12" single
Recorded 1991
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 4:10
Label Jive
Producer(s) A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest singles chronology
"Jazz (We've Got)"
(1991) "Scenario"
(1992) "Hot Sex"
(1992)

Scenario
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From the Tribe's 2nd album The Low End Theory.
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"Scenario" is the third single from A Tribe Called Quest's second album The Low End Theory. The song features members of Leaders of the New School. Matt Cibula of PopMatters called the track hip hop's greatest posse cut.[1] The song is commonly considered a breakout moment for LONS member Busta Rhymes.[2]

The music video features cameo appearances by Spike Lee, De La Soul, Brand Nubian, Fab 5 Freddy and Redman.

Time included the song on its list of the All-TIME 100 Songs.[3]

A remixed version of "Scenario" appeared on the B-side of the 12" single and cassette single as well as the limited edition release of the group's final album, The Love Movement (1998). The remix also features Leaders of the New School and newcomer Kid Hood, who was murdered three days after recording his verse. Blender magazine ranked the remix at number 216 in its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born".[4]

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Legacy[edit]
Busta Rhymes recycled his line "Uh Uh Uh / All over the track, man / As I come back" in the chorus for his 2001 single As I Come Back.

West Coast hip hop group Black Hippy covered the song in 2009, with their own original lyrics.

Nicki Minaj quotes Busta Rhymes' famous line, "Rawr, rawr, like a dungeon dragon", in her 2010 song "Roman's Revenge". Busta Rhymes appeared on the song's remix, quoting additional lines from his "Scenario" verse and referring to himself as "the original dungeon dragon".

Parts of the song are sampled and referenced lyrically in the song "Who's That? Brooown!" by rap group Das Racist. Particularly LONS member Charlie Brown's lines.

The song was featured in the soundtrack of the video game True Crime: New York City.

Samples[edit]
"Oblighetto" by Jack McDuff
"Give It Up" by Kool & the Gang [sample appears on the "Young Nation" remix only]
"Little Miss Lover" by Jimi Hendrix
"Blind Alley" by The Emotions [sample appears on the remix only]
"Ecstasy" by Ohio Players [sample appears on the remix only]

"The Low End Theory"

Studio album by A Tribe Called Quest
Released September 24, 1991
Recorded 1990-1991, Battery Studios, Greene Street Studios, Soundtrack Studios, and Jazzy Jay Studio.
Genre Alternative hip hop, jazz rap
Length 48:03
Label Jive/RCA Records
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Producer A Tribe Called Quest, Skeff Anselm, Pete Rock
A Tribe Called Quest chronology
People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
(1990) The Low End Theory
(1991) Midnight Marauders
(1993)
The Low End Theory is the second album by American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Released on September 24, 1991 through Jive Records, the album produced three singles: "Check the Rhime," "Jazz (We've Got)," and "Scenario."

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Conception[edit]
After A Tribe Called Quest's debut album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990), Jarobi White left the group to study culinary art. Phife Dawg learned that he was diabetic a month after the album's release and after a discussion with fellow member Q-Tip, they agreed to increase his participation on their second album and to "step it up in general as a group."[1] Q-Tip credited N.W.A's album Straight Outta Compton (1988) as an inspiration for the record.[2]

The group hired double bassist Ron Carter on the track "Verses from the Abstract". Q-Tip stated, "We wanted that straight bass sound, and Ron Carter is one of the premier bassists of the century."[3] Carter agreed to record tracks on the condition that the group avoid profanity, to which Q-tip assured they were addressing "real issues".[4]

When asked by critics and interviewers if he was afraid of a "sophomore jinx", Q-Tip responded by saying "'Sophomore jinx?' What the fuck is that, I'm going to make The Low End Theory."[5]

Music[edit]
The Low End Theory was one of the first records to fuse hip hop with a laid-back jazz atmosphere. Ali Shaheed Muhammad along with Q-Tip and Phife Dawg showcase how rap was done before commercial success influenced many rappers' creativity.[6] The album's minimalist sound is "stripped to the essentials: vocals, drums, and bass."[7] The bass drum and vocals emphasize the downbeat on every track.[8] Engineer Bob Power has been quoted numerous times calling the album, "The Sgt. Pepper's of hip hop" referring to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band released by The Beatles in 1967.

Reception and influence[edit]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[9]
BBC Music Favorable[10]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[11]
Entertainment Weekly B[12]
PopMatters Favorable[7]
RapReviews (10/10)[13]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[14]
The Source 5/5 stars[15]
Spin (10/10)[16]
Yahoo! Music Favorable[17]
The Low End Theory helped shape alternative hip hop in the 1990s.[18][19] It established the musical, cultural, and historical link between hip hop and jazz.[20] The album was considered an instant classic with a 5 mics rating in The Source. Reviewer Reef lauded their "progressive sound" and "streetwise edge".[15] Writer Oliver Wang called the album "a consummate link between generations", which took the essence of jazz and hip hop, and "showing they originated from the same black center."[21] The group's "mellow innovations" helped jazz rap gain significant exposure from 1992 to 1993.[22] Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 154 in "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time", stating that "people connected the dots between hip-hop and jazz -- both were revolutionary forms of black music based in improvisation and flow -- but A Tribe Called Quest's second album drew the entire picture."[23]

In Time magazine's "ALL-TIME 100" albums, Josh Tyrangiel called the record an exception to jazz rap often being "wishful thinking on the part of critics". He described the album as "socially conscious without being dull" and likened a few tracks to "smokey rooms where cool guys ... say cool things."[24]The Low End Theory was voted at number thirty-two in The Village Voice's 1991 Pazz & Jop critics poll.[25] Allmusic writer John Bush, who declared it "the most consistent and flowing hip-hop album ever recorded",[26] summed up the record as "an unqualified success, the perfect marriage of intelligent, flowing raps to nuanced, groove-centered productions."[9] On February 1, 1995, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album platinum.[27] In 2005, comedian Chris Rock ranked it ninth on his Top 25 Hip-Hop Albums.[citation needed] Electronica artist James Lavelle cited The Low End Theory as one of his favorite albums.[28]

Track listing[edit]
All songs produced by A Tribe Called Quest, except "Show Business" and "Everything Is Fair", produced by Skeff Anselm and co-produced by A Tribe Called Quest.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Excursions" Jonathan Davis 3:53
2. "Buggin' Out" Davis, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Malik Taylor 3:38
3. "Rap Promoter" Davis, Muhammad 2:13
4. "Butter" Davis, Muhammad, Taylor 3:39
5. "Verses from the Abstract" (featuring Vinia Mojica and Ron Carter on double bass) Davis 3:59
6. "Show Business" (featuring Diamond D, Lord Jamar and Sadat X) Skeff Anselm, Davis, Lorenzo Dechalus, Joseph Kirkland, Muhammad, Derrick Murphy, Taylor 3:53
7. "Vibes and Stuff" Davis, Taylor 4:18
8. "The Infamous Date Rape" Davis, Muhammad, Taylor 2:54
9. "Check the Rhime" Davis, Muhammad, Taylor 3:36
10. "Everything Is Fair" Anselm, Davis, Muhammad, Taylor 2:58
11. "Jazz (We've Got)" Davis, Muhammad, Taylor 4:09
12. "Skypager" Davis, Muhammad, Taylor 2:13
13. "What?" Davis 2:29
14. "Scenario" (featuring Busta Rhymes, Charlie Brown and Dinco D of Leaders of the New School) Davis, Bryan Higgins, James Jackson, Muhammad, Trevor Smith, Taylor 4:10
Samples[edit]
"Excursions"
"Time" by The Last Poets
"Tribute to Obabi" by The Last Poets
"The Soil I Tilled for You" by Shades of Brown
"Buhaina Chant" by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
"Buggin' Out"
"Minya's the Mooch" by Jack DeJohnette
"Spinning Wheel" by Lonnie Liston Smith
"Ekim" by Michał Urbaniak
"Rap Promoter"
"Long Way Down" by Eric Mercury
"Keep on Doin It" by New Birth
"Stand" by Sly & the Family Stone
"Butter"
"Turned on to You" by Eighties Ladies
"I Like Everything About You" by Chuck Jackson
"Gentle Smiles" by Gary Bartz
"Young and Fine" by Weather Report
"Verses from the Abstract"
"Star of the Story" by Heatwave
"Upon This Rock" by Joe Farrell
"Show Business"
"Funky President" by James Brown
"Wicky-Wacky" by Fatback Band
"Midnight Cowboy" by Martin Denny
"Midnight Cowboy" by Ferrante & Teicher
"Mandamentos Black " by Gerson King Combo
"Rock Steady" by Aretha Franklin
"Vibes and Stuff"
"Down Here on the Ground" by Grant Green
"The Infamous Date Rape"
"Is It Him or Me?" by Jackie Jackson
"The Steam Drill" by Cannonball Adderley
"North Carolina" by Les McCann
"Check the Rhime"
"Love Your Life" by Average White Band
"Baby, This Love I Have" by Minnie Riperton
"Hydra" by Grover Washington, Jr.
"Fly Like an Eagle" by Steve Miller Band
"Nobody Beats the Biz" by Biz Markie
"I'm Just a Rock 'N' Roller" by Dalton and Dubarri
"Hihache" by Lafayette Afro Rock Band
"Everything Is Fair"
"Hot Pants (I'm Coming, I'm Coming, I'm Coming)" by Bobby Byrd
"Let's Take It to the People" by Funkadelic
"Ain't No Sunshine" by Harlem Underground Band
"Ain't No Sunshine" by Willis Jackson
"Jazz (We've Got)"(Remix)
"Don't Change Your Love" by Five Stairsteps
"Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone
"Red Clay" by Freddie Hubbard
"Green Dolphin' Street" by Lucky Thompson
"Long Red" by Mountain
"Skypager"
"17 West" by Eric Dolphy
"Advice" by Sly & the Family Stone
"What?"
"Uncle Willie's Dream" by Paul Humphrey & the Cool Aid Chemists
"Scenario"
"So What" by Miles Davis
"Blind Alley" by Emotions
"Give It Up" by Kool & the Gang
"Funky Granny" by Kool & the Gang
"Soul Vibrations" by Kool & the Gang
"Ecstasy" by Ohio Players
"Oblighetto" by Jack McDuff
"Little Miss Lover" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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