This past weekend, September 24 to be exact, marked the 25th anniversary of The Low End Theory. A Tribe Called Quest’s sophomore album spawned the classic track “Check the Rhime” and the posse cut of all posse cuts, “Scenario.” Twenty-five years is nothing to scoff at considering the amount of love and respect the Queens-based quartet has earned in their time, and it’s even more bittersweet that fallen member Phife Dawg isn’t here to see it.
Attending the red carpet premiere of Netflix and Marvel’s Luke Cage in Harlem, producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad spoke with REVOLT and described the legacy and influence of Di-Dawg and the crew.
“It’s an outpouring of love to be remembered 25 years later,” Shaheed said. “To know that people are still interested, in that we’ve made an impact means that we’ve sparked something inside the soul of people that they wanna continue to push that forward and celebrate.”
The Brooklyn-raised musician recently teamed up with fellow producer Adrian Younge to compose the score for Luke Cage. And while Younge is responsible for the gold that is his 2009 score for Black Dynamite, the new Netflix series marks the first screen outing for Shaheed. Nonetheless, he believes that his work with Younge will be considered timeless, much like his work on Low End.
Released in 1991, The Low End Theory was critically acclaimed, and was recognized for beating the much dreaded sophomore jinx. Although it was not nominated for any major awards, the album has since been featured on numerous “all-time” lists, ranking in 154 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums. The Tribe would go on to release three more albums, before disbanding after their final project, The Love Movement.
Phife Dawg died earlier this year due to complications with diabetes.
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