23/12/2020: “Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest featuring Leaders Of The New School

Rappers these days just don’t seem to revel in words and rhythms like the old school guys did. Everybody on this track just flows!

The beat is cracking too, blending a rolling drum beat sampled from Jimi Hendrix’ 1967 “Little Miss Lover” with an ominous organ/bass combo snatched from “Oblighetto” by Brother Jack McDuff, released 1970.

My favourite verse is Phife Dawg’s, the first one. But Busta Rhymes closes the track out brilliantly. He was at the beginning of his career here, and you can tell he was on a path to greatness!

The song came out in 1991 on The Low End Theory, and was released as a single in 1992.

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