Today marks the 24th anniversary of The Low End Theory, an album widely lauded as a Tribe Called Quest’s best and most important body of work (personally, I go back and forth between that and Midnight Marauders). But 2015 also marks the 25th anniversary of the group’s 1990 debut album,Peoples’ Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm.
I can very clearly recall the first time I heard “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo”, and the first time I saw the “Bonita Applebum” video on MTV. This was an incredibly important album upon its release and its influence is still felt across the spectrum of Rap music.
Tribe has announced that in honor of the quarter century anniversary of their groundbreaking first project, they will reissue the album on November 13th. The new version will be remastered by engineer Bob Powers and will notably feature remixes that include some as-yet unnamed third-party artists.
I’m not sure how I feel about hearing some other guys, whoever they may be, on my classic Tribe records. But, if I trust anybody to uphold the integrity of their seminal classics, it’s Q-Tip. In fact, there may not be another producer in all of Hip-Hop that I’d trust more to not fuck up an ambitious undertaking such as this.
The guest artists will be announced in the coming weeks and we can all pass judgement then. This release is apparently the first in a string of reissues that ATCQ plans to drop over the next few years, so in time The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders will almost certainly be getting the same treatment. This is a scary proposition, but a somewhat exciting one all the same.