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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Tribe Called Quest - Scenario

What follows is the musical transcription in notation of the vocal rhythms from Tribe Called Quest's song, "Scenario." It includes verses by many different rappers from the TCQ posse, including most prominently Q-Tip and the very famous verse by Busta Rhymes.


  1. "Flat back first this" I hope you realize he's not on the exact 8th notes here..

  2. Also, Busta doesn't start the 5th divisions at the beginning of a new bar it falls Syncopated

    1. Yeah, those rhythms are definitely wrong. I've gotten more and more accurate over time, as you can see here:

      But absolute accuracy, as those new transcriptions above prove, doesn't always mean that you understand rap better. That's why simplifications, like the ones sometimes found in these earlier transcriptons, can actually be more helpful sometime. Feel free to email me at and let me know what you think :)

      Thanks KC!