Now, this is a "versus" thread worth doing. I would make it a poll but it isnt working.
Usually one or both of these albums will be on someones top 10. But whenever I do this poll on other sites, it ends up close, so its time to do this here. Beats, Rhymes, & Life is also a solid album, but usually not discussed with the other 2. SO I will give it an honorable mention anyway.
I like them both, but I think the basslines on The Low End Theory caught my ear to it.....go Ron Carter.