The ATL Collective relives A Tribe Called Quest's 'The Low End Theory'

J-LIVE, Adán Bean, D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik and more pay homage to a jazz and hip-hop classic

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Photo credit: Ron Scott
CHECK THE RHIME: Adán Bean is one of the ATL Collective artists performing ATCQ's "The Low End Theory" Aug. 19.

In September 1991, A Tribe Called Quest released its second proper album, The Low End Theory. Although it took a year hit platinum sales, songs such as "Excursions," "Check the Rhime," "Jazz (We Got)" and more laid the foundation for effectively fusing jazz and hip-hop in the H. W. Bush era. The album, propelled by Q-tip and Phife Dawg's one-two lyrical interplay over samples by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to the Jazz Messengers, unified punks, hippies, skaters, hip-hop heads and academics like no album had done before. Nearly three decades later, the album is still making waves. On Saturday, August. 19, the ATL Collective recreates ATCQ's cultural milestone by performing The Low End Theory from beginning to end. A cast of Atlanta-based musicians including J-LIVE, Adán Bean (pictured above), D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik, Lingua Franca, Damone Tyrell, Jack Preston, Jeremy Avalon and Small Eyez are lined up to play the songs and pay their respects to "the five foot assassin with the roughneck business."

$20-$25. 9 p.m. Sat., Aug. 19. The ATL Collective relives A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory at Terminal West, Terminal West, 887 West Marietta, Studio C. 404-876-5566. www.terminalwestatl.com.

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