- Audio CD (27 May 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Jive
- ASIN: B000024B76
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Midnight Marauders Import
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The thumbnail photos of hip hop's great and good that represent the Midnight Marauders on the cover of the album with the same name are testimony to the esteem in which their peers hold Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed. As A Tribe Called Quest, they specialise in producing cogent social commentaries that bubble over a rarefied blend of jazz strains and cute samples. Here the "Native Tongue" movement pioneered by De La Soul is taken to new levels of expression with a laid-back drawl that gives the music the feel of a contemporary lullaby. Busta Rhymes lends his inimitable holler to "Oh My God", but it is the melodious flow of "Award Tour" and "Keep It Rollin" that mark Midnight Marauders out as a very special kind of sonic sedative. --George Lees
Top Customer Reviews
This isn´t is the most ground-breaking of Tribe´s records but it´s certainly the most enjoyable. What I like about this group is their adherance to the roots of black music, the heavily jazz-infused beats and rhythms. Lyrically, this album is about expressing an identity, it´s doesn´t promote or glorify a lifetstyle. Basically it´s a lot of fun, music to party to,"Award Tour," with it´s clanging, bustling beat is a good example of this. "Sucka Nigga," is a bit different, a light hearted attack on those with an indentity crisis. "Electric relaxation," remains one of my favourite tracks, I love the slick swinging rhythm, the lyrics are light-hearted and fun.
"Clap your hands," is another example of this group´s excellent control of rhythm. One of the finest tracks has to be the sprawling,"God lives through," which showcases the dexterity of their delivery as MC´s.
A Tribe called Quest are one of those acts who were able to appeal to people who like other musical genres because of the positive all inclusive message of their music. Well over a decade after it´s release it retains it´s freshness and for me is one of the finest rap records of all time
My guitar teacher introduced me to it several years ago and it is partially due to this album that i stopped listening to only nirvana and woke up and listened to other styles.
Enough of me, the album is a work of art from start to finish - it is basically a collection of anecdotal stories on life, without excessive swearing or talking about ho's and jewellery, set to a background of jazz sampling, organic beats. This is the best work i've heard from ATCQ, and has consistantly entertained me every time i've listened - as i'm sure it has everybody else who loves hip hop in this style.
In summary, it's genius. But don't take my word for it, buy the album.
A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ) boasts talent in abundance; from the smooth production skills of Ali Shaheed, the versatility of Q-Tip and the poetical delivery of Phife Dawg. As mentioned before, this LP is very consistent, which makes it very hard to pick 'stand out' tracks, however you can't fault the album for having that consistency. The first track 'Steve Biko [stir it up]' sets a very high standard which all the following tracks live up to.
Here is a comment on each track, however I do stress the ratings are my personal opinion of the track;
1. Midnight marauders tour guide - Nice intro to the LP, the "midnight marauder" that is on the front cover of the CD thanks the listener for the purchase etc.
2. Steve Biko (Stir it up) - Good opening and a well produced beat that sets the standard for the LP. Attentively Produced by Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed. Phife Dawg Opens up with his 'shout outs'. 8/10
3. Award tour - Very catchy 'xylophone' melody, with Q-tip kicking off. This track includes the famous "Do that do that do do that that that!" line. 7/10
4. 8 million stories - This is an influential storytelling track as many hip hop heads would agree. A Solid beat with accompanied with a proficient flow delivered by Phife Dawg. 9/10
5. Sucka nigga - A well oganised beat by Shaheed, with thoughtful rhymes delivered by Q-tip, which nicely finishes with the midnight marauder saying "you're not any less of a man if you don't hold the trigger..." 9/10
6. Midnight - This is a clever inset which conceals itself as a short track (2:41).Read more ›
Beats: Mostly produced by Ali Shaheed Muhammad, the beats focus on jazz samples, from all types of older music like Kool And The Gang, and Weldon Irvine. Large Professor has a producer guest spot on 'Keep It Rollin,' without interrupting the flow between each track. The beats compliment Phife's and Q-Tip's smooth flow perfectly, and the DJ scratches from Shaheed are exceptional, complete genius. Heavy drums, horn samples, pianos, and tight basslines make the instrumentals a 10/10.
Rhymes: Q-Tip and Phife are one the greatest duo's in hip hop ever. Phife has so many classic hip hop quotes on this album, and Q-Tip shows his conscious style on 'Sucka Nigga,' a track about the use of the word nigga:
'Now the little shorties say it all of the time
And a whole bunch of niggas throw the word in they rhyme
Yo I start to flinch, as I try not to say it
But my lips is like the oowop as I start to spray it'
Tip, Phife, and Ali Shaheed create laidback, dark, upbeat, smooth, conscious tracks on this album, which are all brilliant tracks. It is not often when you love every track on an album, but Midnight Marauders is a perfect example.
This is alternative hip hop at its best, simply flawless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From concept to content, this is surely one of Hip Hop's finest... A bona fide classic.Published 1 month ago by Diana Marie
Great album.some masterful tracks.one of my favourite tunes.Award tour.Published 1 month ago by Ian warner
Was too large for my record player and so it didn't play at all, but A Tribe Called Quest make some fatt tunes so gotta give 4 stars cause it probably would have been awesome to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Purchased this as a replacement to my now worn out original copy - tells you everything you need to know....Published 9 months ago by Carol Lockyer