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A Tribe Called Quest’s Top 10 Songs

on November 10, 2016, 4:00pm
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10. Buggin’ Out

From The Low End Theory (1991)

With one of the simplest but most effective instrumentals on The Low End Theory, “Buggin’ Out” distills Phife and Tip’s respective abilities as MCs. Phife makes his mark with his first verse on the classic album, delivering any number of signature lines: “Microphone check, one, two, what is this?/ The five-foot assassin with the roughneck business”; “Styles upon styles upon styles is what I have/ You want to diss the Phifer, but you still don’t know the half”; etc. Meanwhile, the robust bass lines are some of the most memorable on an album with a lot of memorable bass lines. Following Low End Theory opener “Excursions”, which had verses from Tip and Tip alone, “Buggin’ Out” was the album’s first showcase of the legendary on-record teamwork between Phife and Tip. –Michael Madden

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