A Tribe Called Quest ‘The Low End Theory’ 25th Anniversary Mixtape

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New guest mix for WhoSampled x Wax Poetics.

Blurb from WhoSampled:

“Today (24th September 2016) marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of A Tribe Called Quest‘s classic sophomore LP ‘The Low End Theory’. Alongside 1993’s ‘Midnight Marauders’, the album vies for pole position on most Tribe fans’ lists of the group’s best LPs. The album also marks a pivotal moment in the group’s evolution, with founding member Jairobi departing to pursue the culinary arts, Phife steps to the fore as Q Tip‘s principal companion on the mic. The album’s sample material draws heavily on jazz pairing the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey and Jack McDuff with pounding drums and, of course, pushing the low end.

In keeping with tradition, we’ve teamed up with Wax Poetics to present this exclusive mix of album tracks, alt versions, interview snippets and, naturally, original sample material, mixed by Chris Read.”


1. Chris Read – ‘Theme #3’ (Scratchapella)
2. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Scenario (Remix Instrumental)’
3. Heatwave – ‘Star of a Story’ (Sampled in ‘Verses from the Abstract’)
4. Q Tip Interview Extract (Taken from the movie ‘Beats Rhymes & Life)
5. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Verses from the Abstract’
6. Grant Green – ‘Down Here on The Ground’ (Sampled in ‘Vibes & Stuff’)
7. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Vibes & Stuff’
8. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Jazz (We’ve Got)’
9. Five Stairsteps – ‘Don’t Change Your Love’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Jazz (We’ve Got)’)
10. Jimmy McGriff – ‘Green Dolphin Street’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Jazz (We’ve Got)’)
11. The Shades of Brown – ‘The Soil I Tilled For You’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Excursions)
12. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Excursions’
13. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – ‘A Chant For Bu’ (Sampled in ‘Excursions’)
14. The Last Poets – ‘Time Is Running Out’ (Sampled in ‘Excursions’)
15. Dr. Lonnie Smith – ‘Spinning Wheel’ (Sampled in ‘Buggin Out’)
16. Phife Interview Extract (Taken from the movie ‘Beats Rhymes & Life)
17. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Buggin Out’
18. Jack De Johnette’s Directions – Minya’s The Mooch’ (Sampled in ‘Buggin Out’)
19. The New Birth – ‘Keep On Doin’ It’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Rap Promoter’)
20. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Rap Promoter’
21. Weather Report – ‘Young and Fine’ (Sampled in ‘Butter’)
22. Chuck Jackson – ‘I Like Everything About You’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Butter’)
23. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Butter’
24. Gary Bartz – ‘Gentle Smiles (Saxy)’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Butter’)
25. Cannonball Adderley – ‘The Steam Drill’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘The Infamous Date Rape’)
26. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘The Infamous Date Rape’
27. Jackie Jackson – ‘Is it Him or is it Me’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘The Infamous Date Rape’)
28. Average White Band – ‘Love Your Life’ (Sampled in ‘Check The Rhime’)
29. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Check The Rhime’
30. Minnie Riperton – ‘Baby, This Love I Have’ (Sampled in ‘Check The Rhime’)
31. Biz Markie – ‘Nobody Beats The Biz’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Check The Rhime’)
32. Lafayette Afro Rock Band – ‘Hihache’ [Loop] (Sampled ‘Check The Rhime’)
33. Funkadelic – ‘Lets Take It To The People’ (Sampled in ‘Everything Is Fair’)
34. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Everything Is Fair’
35. Willis Jackson – ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Everything is Fair’)
36. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Skypager’
37. James Brown – ‘Funky President (People It’s Bad)’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Show Business’)
38. The Fatback Band – ‘Wicki Wacky’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Show Business’)
39. Aretha Franklin – ‘Rock Steady’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Show Business’)
40. A Tribe Called Quest feat Lord Jamar, Sadat X & Diamond D – ‘Show Business’
41. Paul Humphrey – ‘Uncle Willie’s Dream’ (Sampled in ‘What?’)
42. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘What?’
43. Brother Jack McDuff – ‘Oblighetto’ (Sampled in ‘Scenario’)
44. Jimi Hendrix – ‘Little Miss Love’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Scenario’)
45. A Tribe Called Quest feat Leaders of the New School – ‘Scenario’
46. BONUS TRACK: Simba & Milton Gulli – ‘Scenario (Chris Read Rap Renaissance Remix)’

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