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Midnight Marauders

A Tribe Called Quest Audio CD
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1. Midnight Marauders Tour Guide
2. Steve Biko (Stir It Up)
3. Award Tour
4. 8 Million Stories
5. Sucka Nigga
6. Midnight
7. We Can Get Down
8. Electric Relaxation
9. Clap Your Hands
10. Oh My God
11. Keep It Rollin'
12. The Chase, Part ll
13. Lyrics To Go
14. God Lives Through

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This might have been the album Tribe Called Quest wanted to make from the very beginning. It's their most even, consistent album of the original trilogy that also includes People's Instinctive Travels... and The Low End Theory. But in spite of this, or maybe because of it, it's also their most uninteresting. With so many competent tracks, there's no chance for something to stand out above the pack, like "Scenario" did on Low End Theory or "Can I Kick It" did on People's Instinctive Travels. The celebration is there ("Stir It Up"), the jazz drums kick ("Oh My God"), and the stand-up bass dribbles, keeping perfect pace with Q-Tip's unmistakable mic-touch ("Electric Relaxation"). There's even a Native Tongues armistice/reunion with De La Soul ("Awards Tour"). Although it comes together like a seamless tutorial in jazz hip-hop style, it comes together so damn well that it's hard for any one track to excel, cursing the album with consistent quality. --Todd Levin

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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome July 26 2008
Format:Audio CD
Heralded as one of the charter members of the conscious rap compendium collectively known as the Native Tongues, A Tribe Called Quest rose to the upper echelon of the industry through their accessible grip on the conveyance of modern problems. They discussed the social ramifications of the N-word, detailed the myriad possibilities in late-night New York, pontificated on various strategies of attracting the opposite sex, and managed to confuse the practical definition of gravity, all while informing the listener of their vast superiority to their peers. Saddled with derivative face value, a deep listen to this record unveils the sound that helped promote the current chilled vibe-oriented underground (Frank and Dank, Madlib, Little Brother) while maintaining a purely independent view of the New York hip-hop landscape of the time.

Further developing the low end sound that made them famous, ATCQ collectively produced a jazz-hop clinic that finds itself equal parts Pete Rock, Buckshot and Diamond D. Their natural use of hard drums and smooth samples were par for the course, with their major triumph being the chiming piano, upright bass and cold groove of "Electric Relaxation". In combining extremes and extrapolating their original concepts, ATCQ made an album suitable for both city driving and sexual encounters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of the hip hop's greatest trilogy July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
No other hip hop artist or group have dropped 3 consecutive classic albums in a row. Classic means that every song on each album is a banger or above average with no filler tracks.
The brilliance of People's Instictive Travels, Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders displayed youthful innocence, artistry, insight and down right originality.
The reason Tribe is so revered today is they stayed true to themselves and allowed the people to crown them instead of begging for the title like LL and JayZ.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders June 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
I gave this album four stars (don't hate me, lol) because it's hard to top The Low End Theory, and you can tell that this album is a little more mainstream (see "Award Tour"). But this is the best mainstream album I ever heard! Who can forget "Electric Relaxation" and the classic "Oh My God"? But I also liked "Sucka N***a", "Lyrics to Go", and the hard-thumpin' beat, "Clap Your Hands". Phife drops the best line in this song: "If I ever went solo/My favorite MC would be me." Tribe went downhill from here and they tried to make a comeback last year with "I.C.U." (featuring Erykah Badu) but in my opinion, they sounded like has-beens. Pick up this album along with their first two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best tribe album June 23 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I've heard all of them and this one is the best. Come on, think about all the memorable songs: Award Tour, Sucka Nigga, Electric Relaxation, Oh My God, and Lyrics to Go alone are enough to make this album a classic. But Steve Biko, 8 Million Stories, Midnight, Keep It Rollin, and the Chase make this album a constant barrage of solid work. It's just a good album; there is enough variety in tempos and themes to hold the attention, and each song is self contained enough to hold its own as a piece of art. This album is honestly one of the best representatives of hip hop of the 90s (the best decade of rap), and one of the most finely balanced albums I've ever heard of this genre. I can't say much else about this, it's like everything they tried to do suceeded beyond expectations; it is more mature and focused than the 2 albums that came before it and it is more fully realized in concept than anything that came after it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest hiphop album ever June 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Classic doesn't do this justice, this album is so beyond that. Never will you hear an album of this quality again, everything is perfect.When I first heard this album I was captivated by the jazziness and the slick wordplay.Every song is beautifully constructed with nothing to skip forward ,how many albums can lay claim to that,very few.Electric Relaxtion is my favorite musical composition ever, thats rap,r&b,whatever.It's so damn good words really can't describe the vibe on this track,this has to be the greatest hiphop song ever.Lyrics To Go is another favorite of mine.Tribe set the standard and ultimately raised the bar to heights unreachable.This is timeless work,I've listened to this album at least 20,000 times.Thank you Tribe for blessing us with perfection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my god, yes oh my god! May 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
The most critical anyone can be about this album is that each track is so-good, that not one really stands out. Well god-damn! Seriously though, this album is really incredible. Tribe combine the funk and rhythm of Low End Theory, with the tunefulness of People's Instinctive Travels, and just a little bit more on the keyboard side, to create possibly the greatest hip-hop album (well its certainly my favourite). The lyrics are thoughtful, but not heavy or pretentious and the vocal chemistry between Tip & Phife is unmatched. This album is THE definition of Hip-Hop. Genius
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, almost as good as Low End April 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love Tribe and I wish they hadn't fallen off but these two albums: Low End and Midnight are among the greatest in Hip-Hop history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still lovin' it . . . April 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
Tribe is my favorite group and this is my favorite album of their's. Most of the other reviewers have prettymuch summed up why that is. There is not ONE song that has skipability on Midnight. "Electric Relaxation" is one of my top 10 favorite songs ever. "8 Million Stories" is hilarious. Midnight Marauders is undeniably classic. Anyone who disagrees is no friend of mine. EVERYONE I know, no matter what type of music they like, loves this cd. My Nirvana/Metallica/Ramones-loving angry/nerdy/goth buddy loves Midnight. So if you don't, you have problems lol.
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