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The Sounds of America: A Tribe Called Quest’s seminal sophomore album

The Sounds of America” profiles a selection of recordings picked every year by the Library of Congress.

TheNational Recording Registry preserves for all time music, speeches, radio broadcasts, and comedy records. In fact, it preserves any recording that has cultural and historical importance to America’s history.

Today, the seminal second album from A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Low End Theory” gets its turn. Released in 1991, it expanded on the group’s distinct sound and left a lasting mark on hip hop.

Throughout the album, emcees Q-Tip and Phife Dawg trade rhymes, comment on social issues, and celebrate Blackness. Their childhood friendship is on full display and the album successfully pushed musical, cultural, and technological boundaries.

This series is produced for 1A by Jennie Cataldo for BMP Audio.

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Rupert Allman