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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

8. A Tribe Called Quest f/ Leaders of the New School "Scenario"/"Scenario (Remix)" (1992)

Producer: A Tribe Called Quest
Album: The Low End Theory
Label: Jive

The Low End Theory set a new standard for hip-hop production, with both versions of "Scenario" being certified dope. The album version was driven by the crashing drums from Hendrix's "Little Miss Lover," while the legendary remix rode off of Kool & The Gang's "Soul Vibration" (first used by Marley Marl on LL Cool J's "Cheesy Rat Blues"). It's a close call deciding between this and "The Symphony" for Best Posse Cut of All Time, but there's no denying that this was the song that made the world realize that Busta Rhymes had out-gown his Leaders of The New School cohorts. The remix notably gave us the only official appearance of Kid Hood, who was murdered only days after recording his show-stopping verse. Both versions of "Scenario" stand tall as classics in their own right, offering two slices of energetic, uptempo Native Tongue music—a snap shot of cutting-edge hip-hop from 1992

Related: The 100 Greatest Native Tongues Songs

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