A Tribe Called Quest – “Midnight Marauders” Album Anniversary

A Tribe Called Quest – “Midnight Marauders” Album Anniversary

A Tribe Called Quest released their third studio album “Midnight Marauders” on November 9th, 1993.  The album was produced mostly By Ali Shaheed Muhammad and it is considered one of best Jazz/Hip Hop albums of all time.  I went as high as #8 on the Billboard Album Charts and #1 on the Billboard Rap Charts.  The album cover has pictures of about 70 different Hip Hop icons including Chuck D, Heavy D and Dr Dre.  It is one of the most memorable covers in Hip Hop History!

The album starts off with the Midnight Marauders Tour Guide giving you instructions on how dope the album will be…then the first song “Steve Biko” raises the roof!  They “stir it up” with,

“Rude boy composer
Step to me you’re over
Brothers wanna flex
Youre not Mad Cobra
MC short and black
There aint no other
Trini-born black like Nia Long’s grandmother”

“Award Tour” featuring Trugoy from De La Soul continues the flow with a Malcom McClaren sampled hook.   “Sucka N*gga” is Q-Tip explaining the use of the word “n*gga” and then turns around and gives us another “fly love song” with “Electric Relaxation”  This time, Phife Dawg represents with the memorable line,

“If my mom don’t  approve, then I’ll just elope
Let me sink the little man from inside the boat
Let me hit it from the back, girl I won’t catch a hernia
Bust off on your couch, now you got Seaman’s furniture”

“Oh My God” with Busta Rhymes on the hook was dope, but its Large Professor’s verse on “Keep It Rollin” that steals the show! He calls out his old Canadian rap group Main Source on the line,

“It’s Extra P and yo Tip I’m bout to set it
on the country once again here to win
I’m Uptown chillin, takin in this Grandmaster Vic blend
from the projects, the PJ’s, f*ck them two DJ’s
Self mission, I had her in the ill position
Saying “Large youse the soul brother that I’d like to
eff with for the rest of my life” yeah yeah now check the method”

This album is without a question a certified classic!  Question is…Is Midnight Marauders better than Low End Theory?

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  1. This album right here , Midnight marauders is forever a CLASSIC
    FROM START TO FINISH ……Great job on some Mad LYRICS &
    Would love to Hear more new #Music from y’all…

    This album meant & Still means a lot to me as a TRUE #HIPHOPHEAD!!
    Please do another album-PLEASE!!

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