This Day in ’91: A Tribe Called Quest Releases ‘The Low End Theory’

On this day in 1991, A Tribe Called Quest released The Low End Theory. It was the second album by the group through Jive Records, that featured hit singles like “Check the Rhyme”, “Jazz (We’ve Got)”, and “Scenario”.

A lot of critics say this album was very underrated. The Arizona Republic called out VH-1, saying this album was one of eight that they missed. Rolling Stone rated the album in their top 25. The Low End Theory peaked at 13 on the Billboard charts.

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Jonny October is an Artist You Need to Follow

The last time I wrote a post on an artist was last year when CMJ was still publishing charts. Well, it’s looks like CMJ is completely shut down. CMJ’s my go-to source for discovering new artists, so I’ve been catching up with top-charting artists. One artist I came across was Jonny October.

I’ve got three good reasons you should follow this artist, but first let me give you some background on Jonny October. He hails from Brooklyn New York, where his mother was a voice coach and father was a radio broadcaster. Jonny jumped in the Hip Hop game in 2011. One of his first tracks was a freestyle for Occupy Wall Street.

1. Following his great music comes great visuals to compliment it

I guess it’s why his latest album is called Prisoner’s Cinema. Check out the music video for “Off The Grid”. It really enhances Jonny’s storytelling abilities in his lyrics, and the pacing of the music and the video go hand in hand. When you’re done with that, check out In the Tall Grass, where two spacemen crash in the woods. Very well done.

In addition to great music videos, you should check out the album covers.  Great artwork that go well with the album. Makes OK this time that you can judge a book by its cover.

 

2. He’s collaborated with known names from hip-hop

If you know about the underground, like I do, then you get geeked out by names like Louis Logic, Grieves, and even Open Mike Eagle. Check out “Jealousy” from Prisoner’s Cinema. It’s one of my favorite tracks off that album. His albums aren’t saturated with special guests, but there’s enough on the album to make a good balance with his solo cuts.

 

2. His deep lyrics with deep instrumentals make his recent album meditating

This reason is mostly due to off the grid. The flow is just perfect with the beat, and it allows you to listen and appreciate each word

I want to live off the grid /

So I can decide who gets a chance to talk with my kids /

I want to walk off the path /

Cause its littered with discarded bits of garbage and scraps. /

The hip hop world is consisting of two categories, conscious and party. Jonny most definitely fits in the conscious. He’s got music that you’ll want to play at home and appreciate each word and beat. When you get the chance, check out his latest album at Bandcamp. You’ll be glad you did.

 

This Day In Hip Hop: LL Cool J Releases ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’

On this day in 1990, LL Cool J released Momma Said Knock You Out. It was his fourth studio album, produced mostly by Marley Marl. It was his most memorable album, thanks to the hit single “Momma Said Knock You Out” and “Around the Way Girl”.

The music video for “Momma Said Knock You Out” won an MTV video music award, and his album won an American Music award for favorite rap/hip-hop album. The album also won an NAACP Image award for outstanding Rap/Hip-hop album.

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