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Midnight Marauders

A Tribe Called Quest

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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. Focused yet funky, polished but raw, the duo was practically telepathic on "Steve Biko (Stir It Up)" and "The Chase, Pt. 2," though the mammoth track here was the pop hit "Award Tour." A worldwide call-out record with a killer riff and a great pair of individual raps from the pair, it assured that Midnight Marauders would become A Tribe Called Quest's biggest seller. The album didn't feature as many topical tracks as Tribe was known for, though the group did include an excellent, sympathetic commentary on the question of that word ("Sucka Nigga," with a key phrase: "being as we use it as a term of endearment"). Most of the time, A Tribe Called Quest was indulging in impeccably produced, next-generation games of the dozens ("We Can Get Down," "Oh My God," "Lyrics to Go"), but also took the time to illustrate sensitivity and spirituality ("God Lives Through"). 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.
© John Bush /TiVo

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1
Midnight Marauders Tour Guide
00:00:45

A Tribe Called Quest, Composer - A Tribe Called Quest, Lyricist - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

2
Steve Biko (Stir It Up)
00:03:12

A. Muhammad, Lyricist - A. Muhammad, Composer - Bob Power, Recording Engineer - Bob Power, Mixing Engineer - M. Taylor, Composer - M. Taylor, Lyricist - J. Davis, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

3
Award Tour
00:03:46

A. Muhammad, Composer - A. Muhammad, Lyricist - Bob Power, Recording Engineer - Bob Power, Mixing Engineer - M. Taylor, Lyricist - M. Taylor, Composer - J. Davis, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

4
8 Million Stories
00:04:21

Skeff Anselm, Producer - A. Muhammad, Lyricist - A. Muhammad, Composer - S. Anselm, Composer - S. Anselm, Lyricist - M. Taylor, Lyricist - M. Taylor, Composer - J. Davis, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

5
Sucka Nigga
00:04:05

Malik Taylor, Lyricist - Malik Taylor, Composer - Bob Power, Recording Engineer - Bob Power, Mixing Engineer - Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Composer - Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Lyricist - Kamaal Fareed, Lyricist - Kamaal Fareed, Composer - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

6
Midnight
00:04:25

Malik Taylor, Lyricist - Malik Taylor, Composer - Bob Power, Mixing Engineer - Bob Power, Recording Engineer - Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Lyricist - Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Composer - Jonathan Davis, Lyricist - Jonathan Davis, Composer - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

7
We Can Get Down
00:04:19

A. Muhammad, Composer - A. Muhammad, Lyricist - Bob Power, Recording Engineer - Bob Power, Mixing Engineer - M. Taylor, Composer - M. Taylor, Lyricist - J. Davis, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

8
Electric Relaxation
00:04:04

A. Muhammad, Composer - A. Muhammad, Lyricist - Bob Power, Recording Engineer - Bob Power, Mixing Engineer - J. Davis, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - M. Taylor, Composer - M. Taylor, Lyricist - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer

(P) 1993 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Clap Your Hands
00:03:16

A. Muhammad, Lyricist - A. Muhammad, Composer - Bob Power, Mixing Engineer - Bob Power, Recording Engineer - M. Taylor, Composer - M. Taylor, Lyricist - J. Davis, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

10
Oh My God
00:03:29

A. Muhammad, Composer - A. Muhammad, Lyricist - Bob Power, Mixing Engineer - Bob Power, Recording Engineer - J. Davis, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - M. Taylor, Composer - M. Taylor, Lyricist - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

11
Keep It Rollin'
00:03:06

Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - A. Muhammad, Composer - A. Muhammad, Lyricist - Bob Power, Recording Engineer - Bob Power, Mixing Engineer - Large Professor, Producer - M. Taylor, Lyricist - M. Taylor, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - J. Davis, Composer - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

12
The Chase, Part II
00:04:02

A. Muhammad, Lyricist - A. Muhammad, Composer - Bob Power, Mixing Engineer - Bob Power, Recording Engineer - Steve Arrington, Composer - Steve Arrington, Lyricist - J. Davis, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - M. Taylor, Composer - M. Taylor, Lyricist - V. Godsey, Lyricist - V. Godsey, Composer - Barry Hankerson, Lyricist - Barry Hankerson, Composer - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

13
Lyrics to Go
00:04:09

A. Muhammad, Composer - A. Muhammad, Lyricist - Bob Power, Mixing Engineer - Bob Power, Recording Engineer - M. Taylor, Lyricist - M. Taylor, Composer - J. Davis, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer

(P) 1993 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
God Lives Through
00:04:16

A. Muhammad, Lyricist - A. Muhammad, Composer - Tim Latham, Recording Engineer - Tim Latham, Mixing Engineer - J. Davis, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - M. Taylor, Lyricist - M. Taylor, Composer - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

Album Description

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. Focused yet funky, polished but raw, the duo was practically telepathic on "Steve Biko (Stir It Up)" and "The Chase, Pt. 2," though the mammoth track here was the pop hit "Award Tour." A worldwide call-out record with a killer riff and a great pair of individual raps from the pair, it assured that Midnight Marauders would become A Tribe Called Quest's biggest seller. The album didn't feature as many topical tracks as Tribe was known for, though the group did include an excellent, sympathetic commentary on the question of that word ("Sucka Nigga," with a key phrase: "being as we use it as a term of endearment"). Most of the time, A Tribe Called Quest was indulging in impeccably produced, next-generation games of the dozens ("We Can Get Down," "Oh My God," "Lyrics to Go"), but also took the time to illustrate sensitivity and spirituality ("God Lives Through"). 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.
© John Bush /TiVo

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