Scenario (song)

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"Scenario"
Scenario.jpg
Single by A Tribe Called Quest featuring Leaders of the New School
from the album The Low End Theory
B-side "Butter"
Released March 13, 1992
Format 12" single
Recorded 1991
Genre
Length 4:10
Label Jive
Songwriter(s) Kamaal Fareed, Bryan Higgins, James Jackson, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Trevor Smith, Malik Taylor
Producer(s) A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest singles chronology
"Jazz (We've Got)"
(1991)
"Scenario"
(1992)
"Hot Sex"
(1992)

"Jazz (We've Got)"
(1991)
"Scenario"
(1992)
"Hot Sex"
(1992)
Leaders of the New School singles chronology
"The International Zone Coaster"
(1992) The International Zone Coaster1992
"Scenario"
(1992) Scenario1992
"What's Next"
(1993) What's Next1993

"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.[1] The song is commonly considered a breakout moment for Leaders of the New School member Busta Rhymes, who was 19 when this song was released.[2]

The music video, directed by Jim Swaffield, plays on an interactive desktop, and features cameo appearances by Spike Lee, De La Soul, Brand Nubian, Fab 5 Freddy and Redman.

Time included the song on its list of the All-TIME 100 Songs.[3]

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".[4]

Samples[edit]

Charts[edit]

Charts (1992)[5] Peak
position
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cibula, Matt. The Importance of Being Busta. PopMatters. Accessed December 29, 2008.
  2. ^ Young, Kevin. Unwrapping the Message. Bookforum. Accessed November 16, 2010.
  3. ^ "All-Time 100 Songs". Entertainment.Time.com. Time Inc. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  4. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born: 201-250". Blender. October 2005. Archived from the original on March 22, 2009. Retrieved December 29, 2008. 
  5. ^ allmusic ((( The Low End Theory > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))). Allmusic. Accessed December 29, 2008.