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Penn's Picks: A Tribe Called Quest – Check The Rhime

Artist: A Tribe Called Quest
Song/Album: Check The Rhime / The Low End Theory
Writer(s): Davis, Muhammad, Taylor
Year Released: 1991
Genre/Sub Genre: Hip Hop / Jazz / Funk

Check The Rhime was the first single released off of Tribe’s 1991 platinum selling album, The Low End Theory. To this day, both the album and single remain atop most critic’s top hip hop / rap lists of all time.

Take Note Of This:
The sheer simplicity, infectious nature and vibe of the track

Why it’s a “Penn’s Pick”:
Check The Rhime is the embodiment of old school simplicity and effectiveness. The deep Funk/Jazz sampling from the Average White Band, Minnie Riperton, Grover Washington Jr. and Steve Miller coupled with the killer beat and spot on, memorable rap delivery from Tribe perfectly jibed together in creating infectious, Hip Hop/Jazz fusion that still resonates with listeners 20 years on.

Main Riff:
Love Your Life – Average White Band

Backing Music:
Baby, This Love – Minnie Riperton
Hydra – Grover Washington, Jr.
Fly Like an Eagle – Steve Miller Band

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