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A Tribe Called Quest
Midnight Marauders

Vinyl
Cat.no. 41490
UPC 012414149015
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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. - All Music Guide