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Midnight Marauders

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  • Audio CD (May 24 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Run Time: 51.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000004ZA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
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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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Midnight Marauders


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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How many artists can say they released THREE STRAIGHT CLASSIC album? Not too many. But A Tribe Called Quest(and Public Enemy just to name one more)certainly did. I've said many times that 1993 was a tremendous year for hip hop, and this album is one of the reasons why. Midnight Marauders is CLASSIC, up there with their first two albums. They only got BETTER as the years went on, and they delivered their third straight classic. Here's the review:
Album Highlights: NO filler here, but the highlights are Steve Biko(Stir it up), Award Tour, Clap Your Hands, Electric Relaxation, and Oh My God.
Production: Thumbs up.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up.
Originality: Thumbs up.
The Last Word: What a GREAT album this is. With no filler(just like the first two albums), nice beats and lyrics throughout, this is a certified classic. Another STRONG recommendation for you to purchase this album if you have not done so. This IS the Tribe at their best. It's a shame that they disbanded in 98.
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After creating a buzz for themselves after their solo debut CD, "People Instinctive Travels & The Paths Of Rhythm" in 1990, A Tribe Called Quest took on all nonbelievers head on with the release of their sophomore disc, "A Low End Theory". While their debut did include classics like "Can I Kick It", "Bonita Applebum", "I Left My Wallet In El Segundo" and "Description Of A Fool", "The Low End Theory" is really what put A Tribe Called Quest on the map. "Check The Rhime", which is probably their best song and single of all time, put ATCQ on another level. The way they mixed jazz with hip hop put them in another category. Out of all the Native Tongues which included De La Soul, Queen Latifah and The Jungle Brothers, ATCQ was getting the most pub. With classics like "Jazz (We've Got)" and the posse cut, "Scenario" with Leaders Of The New School, to follow "Check The Rhime", people who had no idea who ATCQ was, took notice. The only dilemma that they faced was whether or not they could follow up this classic 5 Mic CD with another banger. "Midnight Marauders" was released in 1993. The first single "Award Tour" answered all questions when doubters were wondering if ATCQ could follow up with another great CD. With Ali Shaheed Muhmammad on the boards, along with some occasional help by The Abstract Poetic and Extra P, Large Professor, ATCQ had another winner on their hands. This is what real hip hop is all about: Good beats and lyrics to supply the beat that is being presented. Phife became the perfect compliment to Q Tip's rhymes. He was allowed to have his microphone time as much as Q Tip was and the results were almost as good as "The Low End Theory".Read more ›
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ATCQ is without a doubt one of hiphop's greatest groups. Q-tip and Phife make a perfect pair on the mic and Ali Shaheed Mohammed always mixes some nice smooth as butter beats to rhyme over... This is the group's 3rd CD and between the first 3 it's nearly impossible to decide which one is the best. They all have a fresh sound and its refreshing to hear compared with the garbage that's contaminated the airwaves now...
The 'tourguide' idea is a little corny after u hear it a million times, but I think it's a good idea especially for those trying to understand hiphop. (for example: I learned what MC stood for after listening to this) No songs on here promote any violence, all they do is support FUN on the mic. That's what hiphop was and is always supposed to be...
Best tracks: "Steve Biko", "Award Tour", "Electric Relaxation", "Oh My God", "The Chase Part II", "Lyrics To Go", "God Lives Through"... Actually every song is really dope on this, its hard to judge which are the dopest out of CD containing only good songs. There's no SKIP MATERIAL on this entire CD and you can listen to it straight through repeatedly...
R.I.P. ATCQ maybe you guys will return to your roots, until then we can only hope...
I'm Out... Mind Power!!!
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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!
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