The 100 Best Native Tongues Songs

20. A Tribe Called Quest "Buggin' Out" (1991)

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

You have to be familiar with Tribe's entire discography to fully appreciate how songs like "Buggin' Out" represent a sharp detour from the formulas that worked on their first album. The bass lines on the first half of Low End Theory set the mood for the next four or so years of hip-hop, with "Buggin' Out" a standout track. The darker, lower-end feel appears to have inspired Phife, who rises from marginal status to Q-Tip's partner-in-crime, even outshining him at times, like in his first verse here.

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