A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory and Wu-Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers have been deemed “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress.
Beloved albums by A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan are getting archived in the Library of Congress. Low End Theory and Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) will be inducted into the National Recording Registry, according to a press release from the Library of Congress.
Speaking on A Tribe Called Quest’s and Wu-Tang’s inclusion, the Library of Congress said the following of Low End Theory and 36 Chambers, respectively: “A Tribe Called Quest’s 1991 album, ‘The Low End Theory’ was the group’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 reasserted the creative capacity 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 amongst so many other astounding works. We are humbled and grateful for this acknowledgement. Thank you so, so much.”
In related news, A Tribe Called Quest was nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2022 a couple months back. Alongside Tribe, Eminem and Lionel Richie were nominated for the first time, joining Fela Kuti, Dionne Warwick and more who have been nominated previously. To be eligible, an individual artist or band must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.