Scenario (4:10)

Cover of The Low End Theory

From The Low End Theory and 22 other releases

“Scenario” was 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, and reached #6 on Billboard magazine’s Hot Rap Tracks, #42 on its Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, and #57 on the Billboard Hot 100. Among other Quest singles, only “Award Tour” charted higher on the Hot 100. It is the origin of the now famous Busta Rhymes line “Raow! Raow! Like a dungeon dragon!” The song also features a sample of the Jack McDuff song Oblighetto from his album entitled Moon Rappin’.

The video features a brief cameo by Spike Lee, De La Soul, Brand Nubian and Redman.

A remixed version of “Scenario,” along with the tragic first and last verse done by Kid Hood, appeared on the B-side of the 12” and cassette single as well as the limited edition release of ATCQ’s final album, The Love Movement.

“Scenario” is generally regarded as one of the greatest posse cuts in hip hop history.

The Line “Uh,uh,uh all over the track, man. Uh, pardon me, uh, as I come back” is used in the chorus for a song called “As I Come Back” on Busta Rhymes’ 2001 LP Genesis.

The song was performed by Common, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco and Busta Rhymes at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors 07.

Contrary to popular belief, the video for “Scenario” was not directed by Spike Lee, who only had a cameo in the video.


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  • fank19

    Timeless classic

    3 Apr 12:12pm Reply
  • malonemuert

    rawr rawr! like a dungeon dragon! :D

    8 Mar 10:05am Reply
  • Rubvo


    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • appidydafoo

    Act like ya know

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • extraordGntlmn

    your so not a hip hop fan if you don't like this

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • eab750

    PLEASE DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY. 1. say your name 10 times 2. say your mom's name 5 times 3. say your crushes name 3 times 4. paste this to 4 other songs. if you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday. but if you read this and do not paste this, then you will have very bad luck. SEND THIS TO 5 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOU'RE DONE PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO FREAKY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORK .

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • PhilTLL

    Amazing verses all around.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • lkuann


    10 May 2013 Reply
  • Mushishi_GinKo


    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • appidydafoo


    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ItsAlainBtw

    Here we go yo.

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • taecwoo

    POWERFUL impact BOOM [2]

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • thatshitwhite

    best song from the best album

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • cashualty

    Who's that? BROWN!!!

    13 Sep 2012 Reply

    POWERFUL impact BOOM

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • stainedbrain

    iam all that and than some tall white and hansome bust a nut and your eye to tell you where i come from!!!!

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Mrsmj2013

    I love the way that this rap starts. Bo knows this. Bo knows that. But Bo don't know jack cuz Bo can't rap. lol XD

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • ilkkaaa


    8 Jan 2012 Reply
  • atomicpanda325

    Busta sounds like ODB on this track. [2] I was definitely hearing some Wu-Tang similarities there.

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • emmettcruddas

    when busta turns the hat inside out on arsenio...

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
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