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A Tribe Called Quest: Midnight Marauders

Today is the 10 year anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders, a classic amongst classic rap albums. If the early nineties of hip-hop passed you by, and you have no idea what I'm talking about, then you must pick this album up and school yourself! The songs on it are beautiful man, just beautiful. And the cover is crazy, in a cool sort of way:

I first read about the album's decade milestone at the infamous HHI message board. I posted this reply to the thread:

"I don't know why but thinking about the feeling Award Tour and Electric Relaxation gave me when I first heard them gets me choked up with nostalgia. I'm literally at an internet cafe with with tears forming in my eyes.

Appreciated."

Don't you just love the feeling music can give you? And nothing sparks memory and emotion like a familiar song from yesterday.

Let's have a "Where Are They Now?" look at Tribe's members now that they have broken up and gone on with their solo careers.

1. Ali Shaheed Muhammad: He went on to form the "urban supergroup" Lucy Pearl, which consisted of Dawn Robinson of En Vogue, and Raphael Saadiq of Tony! Toni! Toné! The three of them got together and did what they do best- release a critically acclaimed jazzy/soulful/funky album and then break up...of course.

2. Phife Dawg: He released a so-so album called Ventilation: Da LP . I think it had a track on there dissing Q-Tip.

3. Q-Tip: the "Abstract" had a two hit singles (Vivrant Thing and Breathe & Stop) after he left Tribe but the full length flipped flopped. I didn't get the album, but I liked those two singles despite the howles from certain Tribe faithful who felt 'Tip sold out his soul to the Jiggy-Monster. He has an unreleased album called Kamaal the Abstract that you can only get on one of those file sharing programs or maybe by using the Google Keychain. According to MTV, he has a third solo joint called "Open" set for a March 2004 release date (that really means "July" in hip-hop industry speak).

This story has a good ending though. Tribe has decided to reform and have already dropped a new song on the last Violator compilation. Welcome back, boys

November 8, 2003 in Music | Link Me | Related Searches | Related Music

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I'm actually embarassed to admit I bought Q-Tip's solo album. The whole album consists of half-rate party jams. The problem is the lyrics are not that great and I thought the production wasn't that great.

Posted by: Cal Ulmann at Nov 9, 2003 12:03:56 AM

midnight marauders is the album i listened to more than any other hip-hop joint...i no longer have the tape...because it BROKE! :)

Posted by: anna at Nov 26, 2003 11:50:49 PM

You definetely right Man !
I first listened to "Midnight Marauders" almost ten years ago and it is just the most impressive Hip hop album I heard so far... I remember that when I got this tape,

I just could stop listening to it again and again ! This album followed me in all my journeys so far. It doesn't matter where I am, when I'm listening to "Midnight Marauders", I always feel "at home"...

Quite annoying because I'm french ! Bye

Posted by: Spip at Dec 19, 2003 6:48:38 PM

Midnight Marauders is great, but The Low End Theory is 2x better

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