A Tribe Called Tiki

New GudVibes summer shirts are here!, inspired by A Tribe Called Quest’s 2nd Album “The Low End Theory”. These shirts come in black with Red & Green print. Available sizes from Extra small to XXL (regular unisex sizing) for P350.

Here’s a little lesson on where this shirt is inspired by.

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.”The Low End Theory helped shape alternative hip hop in the 1990s. It established the musical, cultural, and historical link between hip hop and jazz. The album was considered an instant classic with a 5 mics rating in The Source. Reviewer Reef lauded their “progressive sound” and “streetwise edge”. 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.” The group’s “mellow innovations” helped jazz rap gain significant exposure from 1992 to 1993. 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.”

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.” The Low End Theory was voted at number thirty-two in The Village Voice’s 1991 Pazz & Jop critics poll. AllMusic writer John Bush, who declared it “the most consistent and flowing hip-hop album ever recorded”, summed up the record as “an unqualified success, the perfect marriage of intelligent, flowing raps to nuanced, groove-centered productions.” On February 1, 1995, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album platinum. In 2005, comedian Chris Rock ranked it ninth on his Top 25 Hip-Hop Albums. Electronica artist James Lavelle cited The Low End Theory as one of his favorite albums.

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