Scenario (song)

"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]

Single by A Tribe Called Quest featuring Leaders of the New School
from the album The Low End Theory
ReleasedMarch 13, 1992
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)"
"Hot Sex"
Leaders of the New School singles chronology
"The International Zone Coaster"
"What's Next"
Music video
"Scenario" on YouTube

The song opens with the chorus, followed by verses from Phife Dawg, Charlie Brown, Dinco D, and Q-Tip, who hands the mic off to Busta Rhymes.[3][4]

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 Five Freddy and Redman.

Time included the song on its list of the All-TIME 100 Songs.[5]

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".[6]



Charts (1992)[7] Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 57
U.S. Dance/Electronic Singles Sales 34
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 42
U.S. Hot Rap Songs 6


  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. ^ Connor, Martin. Tribe Called Quest – Scenario. Rap Analysis. Accessed August 13, 2018.
  4. ^ HipHopGoldenAge. 25 Best Guest Verses In Hip Hop History | #3 Busta Rhymes – Scenario. 25 Best Guest Verses In Hip Hop History. Accessed May 15th, 2019.
  5. ^ "All-Time 100 Songs". Time Inc. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  6. ^ "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.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ allmusic ((( The Low End Theory > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))). Allmusic. Accessed December 29, 2008.

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