Album: The Low End Theory (1992)
Charted: 57

Songfacts®:

  • "Scenario" featured members of the Long Island hip-hop collective Leaders of the New School, including their rapper Busta Rhymes. The song was a breakout moment for Busta, who went on to fame as a solo artist.
  • There are five different samples in the beat, including songs by Jack McDuff, Kool & the Gang, Jimi Hendrix, The Emotions, and Ohio Players. Das Rascist then sampled (re-sampled?) "Scenario" in their single "Who's That? Brooown!"
  • The actor/director Michael Rapaport had to take "Scenario" out of his documentary Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest because of clearance issues with Busta Rhymes. Rapaport also had to take out bits with De La Soul and Native Tongues for the same reason.
  • De La Soul's Posdnuos says there are several different versions of "Scenario" that have never been released, including one with him rapping instead of Busta Rhymes. Although he didn't make the album cut of the song, Posdnuos says that he's happy with how it ended up.
  • A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg says performing this song on The Arsenio Hall Show in L.A. was "the epitome of traveling" and that "everybody was juiced" to do it. Phife Dawg went on to take Busta Rhyme's Dr. Seuss hat on the air and Dawg held the mic while the rapper performed his verse.
  • Nicki Minaj quotes Busta's line "Rawr, rawr, like a dungeon dragon" in her 2010 song "Roman's Revenge." Also owing a debt to Busta are the Barenaked Ladies, who in their 1998 #1 hit, "One Week," sing, "Chickity China the Chinese chicken," a variation on Busta's "Scenario" line, "Chickity choco, the chocolate chicken."

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