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Low End Theory

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I’m new to collecting vinyl and my gf bought me this record and I’m wondering if anyone could date it based on the outer sleeve writing or anything like that.

It has been stated to have helped shape alternative hip-hop in the 1990s, as the group's "mellow innovations" helped jazz rap gain significant exposure from 1992 to 1993. A 1991 landscape-changing release from the pioneering hip-hop group, The Low End Theory embraced a minimalist approach and set the tables for the alternate rap movement that followed. Two posse cuts were recorded: the third single "Scenario", featuring Leaders of the New School, and "Show Business", featuring Lord Jamar and Sadat X of Brand Nubian and Diamond D of D. Q-Tip often layered drum sounds on the album, using as many as three snare drums or bass drums to create a single sound. Not a perfect pressing by any means, some parts did sound a lil distorted at times but overall a very solid repressing!The Low End Theory is an unqualified success, the perfect marriage of intelligent, flowing raps to nuanced, groove-centered productions. But overall this is another feel-good mix of smart grooves and the wittiest rhymes this side of Noel Coward. Upon its release, the album's commercial potential was doubted by music critics and Jive record executives, including label CEO Barry Weiss. The record became beloved of fundamentalist b-boys because it rooted itself firmly in the music's core sonic, conceptual, lyrical and artistic values, yet managed to increase the band's appeal to listeners who generally shunned rap for sonic or ideological reasons.

The album's title, The Low End Theory, referred to both the status of black men in society and bass frequencies in the music, [2] [3] while the album cover featured an altered photograph of a kneeling woman painted in Afrocentric colors. The majority of the recording sessions took place at Battery Studios in Manhattan, from 1990 to 1991, where the songs were recorded on a Neve 8068 mixing console that had been used by John Lennon. VG/EX means that the item's sleeve is in Very Good condition and the disc is in Excellent condition. With the album, the group is credited for showcasing how hip-hop was made before commercial success influenced many rappers' creativity, and for challenging the "macho posturing" of hardcore and gangsta rap. The album cover is regarded as one of the greatest and most iconic in hip-hop history; on a top 50 list by Complex, it was ranked number one.

All image and audio content is used by permission of the copyright holders or their agents, and/or according to fair dealing as per the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Certainly "Electric Relaxation" and "Bonita Applebum" are great songs but little of their material stands out as extraordinary. W.A's album Straight Outta Compton as inspiration: "what resonated was just that bottom, that bass and the drive of it.

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