Jazz (We've Got)

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"Jazz (We've Got)"
Single by A Tribe Called Quest
from the album The Low End Theory
B-side "Buggin' Out"
Released November 1991
Format digital download, 12" maxi single
Recorded 1991
Genre Jazz rap
Length 4:09
Label Jive Records
Writer(s) Kamaal Fareed, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Malik Taylor, Bronislaw Kaper, Ned Washington
Producer(s) A Tribe Called Quest
Pete Rock (demo)
A Tribe Called Quest singles chronology
"Check the Rhime"
"Jazz (We've Got)"

"Jazz (We've Got)" is the second single from A Tribe Called Quest's second album The Low End Theory. A segment of the track "Buggin' Out" appeared in the music video. The sequences from "Jazz (We've Got)" are in black and white, while the "Buggin' Out" sequences are in full color. The original material sampled in the song was provided by Pete Rock, and was then recreated exactly the same way by Q-Tip (he is the producer of the vast majority of tracks credited as produced by A Tribe Called Quest).[1][2] Although Pete Rock is not officially credited, Q-Tip credits him in the outro of the track, rapping "Pete Rock for the beat, ya don't stop.".[3]

Music video[edit]

In the video, directed by Jim Swaffield, the group travels around the city while rapping about the beauty of jazz. Q-Tip starts off the first verse followed by Phife, who rhymes after the second chorus. After Q-Tip's second verse, he pauses and says, "now check it out", at which point the music stops and Ali asks, "Check what out?". Phife answers with, "Check this out", and the video shifts into color for "Buggin' Out" and Phife begins rapping his verse. This was the first time a track cut into its B-side within a single music video. During the "Buggin' Out" sequence, the two rappers are seen wearing eye caps that make their eyeballs appear to be very large. After half of the song is performed the music stops, and the video once again cuts to black and white, with Q-Tip finishing his rhyme from "Buggin' Out" a capella.


A remix (called a "Re-Recording") was done for "Jazz (We've Got)" and was featured on The Love Movement and Revised Quest for the Seasoned Traveller. "Your Mic & My Mic, Come On Yo, No Equal" from Q-Tip's verse on "Jazz (We've Got) (Re-Recording)" can be heard on "No Equal" by The Beatnuts from their 1993 EP "Intoxicated Demons: The EP".