I love this album for various reasons. First of all, it's just brilliant. Second, it's one of the first hip-hop albums that I really loved and one of the first that really turned me on to hip-hop.
I have been listening to hip-hop since I was very young. Of course back then, I had the MC Hammer tapes when I was 6 or 7. But hip-hop radio back then wasn't as horribly biased as it is now, and I got turned on to artists like Redman, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, De La Soul, Pharcyde, Digable Planets, and A Tribe Called Quest when I was about 7 or 8 years old. When I got the Midnight Marauders tape when I was 9, I was blown away. Never before had I heard an album like this. The beats were jazzy and melodic, and Tip and Phife came correct on the mic. This was the first hip-hop album I fell in love with so to speak.
I am now 17, and this album still amazes me like it did when I was 9. The production still sounds fresh and innovative while Tip & Phife's lyrics do not sound dated at all. A Tribe Called Quest were really ahead of their time, and their music will be enjoyed by hip-hop fans past, present, and future. "Award Tour," "Electric Relaxation," "Oh My God," "Midnight," "Lyrics To Go," etc. are some of the best songs hip-hop has produced. If you are a fan of hip-hop, you MUST own this album. Seriously, if you don't have it, go out and buy it IMMEDIATELY!