|Single by A Tribe Called Quest featuring Leaders of the New School|
|from the album The Low End Theory|
|Released||March 24, 1992|
|Genre||Alternative hip hop|
|Writer(s)||Kamaal Fareed, Bryan Higgins, James Jackson, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Trevor Smith, Malik Taylor|
|Producer(s)||A Tribe Called Quest|
|A Tribe Called Quest chronology|
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"Scenario" is the third single from A Tribe Called Quest's second album The Low End Theory. The song features members of Leaders of the New School. Matt Cibula of PopMatters called the track hip hop's greatest posse cut. The song is commonly considered a breakout moment for LONS member Busta Rhymes who was 19 when this song was released.
A remixed version of "Scenario" appeared on the B-side of the 12" single and cassette single as well as the limited edition release of the group's later album, The Love Movement (1998). The remix also features Leaders of the New School and newcomer Kid Hood, who was murdered three days after recording his verse. Blender magazine ranked the remix at number 216 in its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born".
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Busta Rhymes recycled his line "Uh Uh Uh / All over the track, man / As I come back" in the chorus for his 2001 single As I Come Back.
Nicki Minaj quotes Busta Rhymes' famous line, "Rawr, rawr, like a dungeon dragon", in her 2010 song "Roman's Revenge". Busta Rhymes appeared on the song's remix, quoting additional lines from his "Scenario" verse and referring to himself as "the original dungeon dragon".
Parts of the song are sampled and referenced lyrically in the song "Who's That? Brooown!" by rap group Das Racist. Particularly LONS member Charlie Brown's lines.
The song was performed in the 2015 film Pitch Perfect 2 by the cast.
- "Oblighetto" by Brother Jack McDuff
- "Little Miss Lover" by Jimi Hendrix
- "Soul Vibrations" and "Funky Granny" by Kool & the Gang [sample appears on remix only]
- "Ecstasy" by Ohio Players [sample appears on the remix only]
- "Blind Alley" by The Emotions [sample appears on the remix only]
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||57|
|U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||34|
|U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||42|
|U.S. Hot Rap Singles||6|
- Cibula, Matt. The Importance of Being Busta. PopMatters. Accessed December 29, 2008.
- Young, Kevin. Unwrapping the Message. Bookforum. Accessed November 16, 2010.
- The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born: 201-250. Blender (October 2005). Accessed December 29, 2008.
- allmusic ((( The Low End Theory > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))). Allmusic. Accessed December 29, 2008.