Monday, June 8

A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders (1993)

"Though the abstract rappers finally betrayed a few commercial ambitions for Midnight Marauders, the happy result was a smart, hooky record that may not have furthered the jazz-rap fusions of The Low End Theory, but did merge Tribe-style intelligence and reflection with some of the most inviting grooves heard on any early-'90s rap record. The productions, more funky than jazzy, were tighter overall -- but the big improvement, four years after their debut, came with Q-Tip's and Phife Dawg's raps. ... A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders was commercially successful, artistically adept, and lyrically inventive; the album cemented their status as alternative rap's prime sound merchants, authors of the most original style since the Bomb Squad first exploded on wax."
W - Midnight Marauders
Soundcloud (Video)
UNCOVERED: The Making of A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders Album Cover (1993) with Art Director Nick Gamma.
Spotify (Video)
YouTube: Midnight Marauders (1993) [Full Album] 54:04

2011 May: A Tribe Called Quest, 2014 October: The Low End Theory (1991).