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A Tribe Called Quest and the Classic Wu-Tang Clan Albums Archived at the Library of Congress

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A Tribe Called Quest and the Classic Wu-Tang Clan Albums Archived at the Library of Congress

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A tribe called Quest’s Low-end theory and the Wu-Tang Clan 36 Rooms have been deemed “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress.

The beloved albums of A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan are archived at the Library of Congress. Low-end theory and Enter the Wu-Tang (36 rooms) will be inducted into the National Recording Registry, according to a press release from the Library of Congress.

Speaking on the inclusion of A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang, the Library of Congress said the following from Low-end theory and 36 Roomsrespectively: “A Tribe Called Quest’s 1991 album ‘The Low End Theory’ was the band’s second studio release and came to be seen as a definitive fusion of jazz and rap with its distinctive sound” and ” Wu-Tang Clan’s 1993 album “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” would shape the sound of hardcore rap and reaffirm the creative ability of the East Coast rap scene.”

In the press release, Q-Tip thanked the Library of Congress for including Low-end theory, saying, ““We are honored to have our work added to the prestigious National Recording Registry among so many other amazing works. We are honored and grateful for this recognition. Thanks very much.”

In related news, A Tribe Called Quest was nominated for the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame a few months ago. Along with the tribe, Eminem and Lionel Richie were nominated for the first time, joining Fela Kuti, Dionne Warwick and more that have been previously named. To be eligible, an individual artist or group must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.