A Tribe Called Quest: Midnight Marauders (1993). "Linden Boulevard Represent, Represent..."

Episode 153
37m | Nov 13, 2023

The crew reviews A Tribe Called Quest's classic third album Midnight Marauders as it turns 30. Off the heels of their groundbreaking sophomore debut, 1991's The Low End Theory, the group rebounded to put through what many to believe to be their most cohesive work yet. After famously making the low end of bass their calling card and backdrop of the jazz sampled beats, the momentum continued with group member Q-Tip working with legendary engineer Bob Power to leave the resonant noise from their samples, creating a grittier and harder sound.

Over 14 tracks, Q-Tip and Phife Dawg expertly spit and trade clever, biting and, at times, fun and hilarious bars. The album spawned two classic singles which stand out as the groups best: "Award Tour" and "Electric Relaxation", both which received heavy radio play and still are wildly popular today. 30 years later, this album is marked as a crown jewel of a trilogy of Tribe's first three albums and has been noted a keen sonic influence to the groups successors--in spirit and practice

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Show Notes

Albumism: A Tribe Called Quest's "Midnight Marauders" Turns 30 | Album Anniversary

The Daily Beat: 30 Years Ago, A Tribe Called Quest's "Midnight " Changed Hip-Hop

The Grio: Symphonic Sampling: A Tribe Called Quest's 'Midnight Marauders" and Wu-Tang Clan's 'Enter the Wu-Tang"

HipHopDX: A Tribe Called Quest Celebrates 30 Years of 'Midnight Marauders" with New Merch

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