A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders

Nothing extravagant, nothing far out. Inthe group again reunited and performed several sold-out concerts in the U. The Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 9, The Village Voice.

The group hired Jive secretary Laurel Dann to be the album's "tour guide", having liked her voice, which is digitized throughout the album.

She resurfaces on interludes at the end of some songs, providing information and adding to the overall aesthetic of the album. There was always some type of monotone female voice that had a computerized vibe that was giving you information. So I thought how cool would it be if you called to pay your bill and then you would hear this female voice start rattling shit off like, 'Keep bouncing?

Despite Jarobi White leaving the group midway through recording The Low End Theory , the group maintained a "revolving door policy" with him, in which he would continue to attend recording sessions and supply the group with humor that became part of their songwriting process. You might have had a bad day today. Some lady might have pushed you on the train I walk in the studio and I'm bringing all my rambunctious silly stupid jokes and now we're all laughing.

These are some epic drum sounds that will tear your fucking head off. And there are ways you can get that sound on different levels too. The drums don't always have to be super loud. When you listen to 'Electric Relaxation' the drums are not trying to kill you. It's [very much] controlled. But even if it's a smaller sounding beat you want the tone to be like at any moment the tone of these drums can go from 5 to 10!

That's the whole vibe of Tribe's drum sound I was trying to go for. Q-Tip also experimented with vocal sampling techniques on the album. For the song "Lyrics to Go", he sampled a portion of " Inside My Love " by Minnie Riperton , in which Riperton's whistle register is sustained throughout, giving "Lyrics to Go" a droning backdrop.

Battle" with Busy Bee , which was featured in the old school hip hop film Wild Style While DJing at a party, Q-Tip played Jade 's hit " Don't Walk Away "; noting the positive crowd reaction when the song's bassline began playing, he was inspired to sample the bassline for the album's lead single, "Award Tour".

The lyricism on Midnight Marauders is often regarded as the best on any A Tribe Called Quest album, and the group's biggest improvement since their debut People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. Put it like this: [ The Low End Theory ] would be the first run at the championship ring, but it takes a different mentality to stay focused and do it again.

All aspects of the group's lyricism improved on the album, including cadence , flow , diction and use of metaphors. Throughout the album, the group blends their brand of intelligence, reflection and positivity with humorous anecdotes. Tom Breihan of Stereogum noted that Q-Tip and Phife Dawg "sounded slicker and more comfortable than they ever had before. That's why the whole back and forth, you know what I mean?

The album cover artwork depicts a woman painted in Afrocentric colors, continuing the artistic theme found on The Low End Theory. The book goes into detail as to which artists were on which particular album cover using a number scheme to easily identify each artist. Midnight Marauders received widespread acclaim from music critics, with Vibe hailing it as "a rap classic" and NME calling it the group's "most complete work to date.

John Bush of AllMusic praised the album for being "impeccably produced", "artistically adept" and "lyrically inventive. Their new crew extended beyond the Native Tongues and included all of hip-hop—as shown by the faces depicted on the album's front and back covers—and Tribe was quickly becoming the one group who could negotiate both underground respect and aboveground fame.

Midnight Marauders worked all the elements that constituted Tribe previously to utter perfection: storytelling; anthemic singles; sexually charged rhymes; innovative production; and an exploration of life experiences, emotion, sentiment, history, and heritage. As hip-hop began to change and stratify and develop into generations and geographies, Midnight Marauders could have been the last record that every single hip-hopper—whether from Queensbridge or Queensland , whether gangsta or wannabe poet —had in their collection.

Since its release, Midnight Marauders has been included on several "best of" lists compiled by music writers and journalists. The following information is adapted from Acclaimed Music. Midnight Marauders has been noted for helping to establish a "second golden age" of hip hop, [45] [46] and has been regarded as the pinnacle of the Native Tongues movement.

Q-Tip later contributed to the sound of hardcore hip hop during the mids, producing for artists such as Nas, Mobb Deep , Crooklyn Dodgers and Cypress Hill , yet retaining elements of the sound he created on Midnight Marauders. But Midnight Marauders just had this sheen to it — it wasn't too cleaned-up or sanitised, the snares still had that amazing 'crack' to them, but it sounded like nothing you'd ever heard before.

It changed everything. In , Pitchfork writer Rollie Pemberton stated that "a deep listen to this record unveils the sound that helped promote the current chilled vibe-oriented underground", citing the J Dilla -produced duo Frank n Dank , Madlib and 9th Wonder 's former group Little Brother as examples. And then eventually, as time went on, it started to slap me in my face. But as far as record labels, or whoever, they're not gonna do us right As far as our label, I really have no comment, duke.

The Love Movement was preceded by " Find a Way "; a song memorable for its swirly otherworldly production and catchy staccato hook.

Musically, the somewhat somber tone of the previous album was largely absent and replaced by a familiar carefree optimism. Tracks like "Give Me", with Noreaga exemplify the group's approach. Likewise, "Against The World" relies on little more than crisply mixed down drums and a two-note bassline. The theme of the album was firmly focused around the topic of love — love for oneself, love for another, love for mankind, love in the face of hate.

Critical reception for The Love Movement was fairly positive, although some viewed it as too subtle. Rolling Stone remarked that "the mature, accomplished niceness of The Love Movement proves that the Tribe still have the skills — they're just short on thrills.

Reid revealed in August that the label would be releasing a new A Tribe Called Quest album in the near future. Reid said of the album, "[It is] a brand new album that they recorded before Phife Dawg passed away. I'm really happy about it man, it's really something special. It's one of the things I'm most excited about over everything we're working on. The group had begun work on the album following their appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 13, , the same night of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Feeling "charged", the group put aside their differences, and decided to record their final album in secrecy. To promote the album, the group appeared on Saturday Night Live the day after its release and performed two songs in front of a mural of Phife Dawg.

The group performed their final concert on September 9, at the Bestival festival in Dorset , England. Under the management of Violator , Q-Tip launched a successful solo career, which saw two sizable hits " Vivrant Thing ", and " Breathe and Stop " , and the Gold-certified album Amplified , released in After Amplified , Q-Tip changed directions and recorded 's Kamaal the Abstract , an album which saw him in the role of singer and bandleader.

Unlike his work with A Tribe Called Quest, or his own solo work, Kamaal was constructed around live music, and "abstract" song concepts, all orchestrated by Q-Tip himself. Arista Records refused to release the album, fearing it would be unmarketable coming from a rapper, resulting in Q-Tip leaving the label. After signing with Universal Motown Records , once again, the record was rejected by the label.

The most notable of Q-Tip's critics was Phife, who took his former partner to task on his solo album Ventilation: Da LP , released in Ventilation included production by Jay Dee and Pete Rock.

Q-Tip and Phife soon patched up their differences. He died on March 22, due to complications from diabetes. Teaming up with two other artists from former groups, Raphael Saadiq of Tony! The group scored two hit singles with "Dance Tonight", and with "Don't Mess With My Man", and their self-titled album was certified Gold a few months after its release in Following a dispute between Saadiq and Robinson, the latter left the group and was replaced by Joi ; however, this new incarnation would only last for the remainder of touring.

Ali Shaheed then focused on developing a stable of artists, most of whom were showcased on his debut solo album Shaheedullah and Stereotypes , released independently in The show parted ways with NPR in In , the group again reunited and performed several sold-out concerts in the U.

The date of its release was never confirmed, and Phife urged fans to hold on as the group does not wish to release an LP which might damage their reputation. Speaking about the possibility of a new album showing up soon, Phife said:. Man, we was only 18—19 when we first got started. Now we are 35— It'd be real different being in the studio. It would be real interesting to see where Q-Tip is. It would all be on a much higher level.

But we are all into such different stuff from way back then. We'd need at least a solid month to work on something. Trying to get all of us together for that much time. A Tribe Called Quest was the headlining act in at the Rock the Bells series of concerts, [35] and were co-headliners on the Rock the Bells festival series. The group reformed to play a handful of select festivals throughout the summer of , including Yahoo! Wireless in London, [36] Splash! That same day, the group reissued their debut album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.

The reissue includes remixes from Pharrell Williams , J. Cole and CeeLo Green. Phife died on March 22, , and on November 12, the remaining members performed on Saturday Night Live. The remaining members also performed with Anderson.

In the summer of , the group performed at a number of festivals. On September 9, , the group headlined a show at Bestival in Dorset, England. The performance included multiple tributes to Phife Dawg, with his vocals being played from studio recordings. Q-Tip proclaimed the set the group's last ever performance. The final song performed was " We the People AllMusic critic John Bush called A Tribe Called Quest "without question the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the s", further stating that the group "jump-started and perfected the hip-hop alternative to hardcore and gangsta rap.

Dre produced his highly regarded debut The Chronic after being inspired by The Low End Theory , [46] and Pete Rock stated, "There were times when I would walk into a record store and see Tip sitting on the floor with his glasses on, going through albums, looking for beats I was like, 'This guy is serious. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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Q-Tip later contributed to the sound of hardcore hip hop during the mids, producing for artists such as Nas, Mobb Deep , Crooklyn Dodgers and Cypress Hill , yet retaining elements of the sound he created on Midnight Marauders.

But Midnight Marauders just had this sheen to it — it wasn't too cleaned-up or sanitised, the snares still had that amazing 'crack' to them, but it sounded like nothing you'd ever heard before. It changed everything. In , Pitchfork writer Rollie Pemberton stated that "a deep listen to this record unveils the sound that helped promote the current chilled vibe-oriented underground", citing the J Dilla -produced duo Frank n Dank , Madlib and 9th Wonder 's former group Little Brother as examples.

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The Low End Theory is a remarkable experience, as aesthetically and emotionally rewarding as any work of music I can think of. In the aftermath of their success, the group once again toured and contributed the song " Hot Sex " to the soundtrack for the film Boomerang in The new jack swing group Wreckx-N-Effect did take exception to "Jazz We've Got ", misinterpreting some lines as a diss: [ citation needed ].

I'm all into my music cuz it's how I make papes Tryin' to make hits, like Kid Capri mix tapes Me sweat another? I do my own thing Strictly hardcore tracks, not a new jack swing. This misunderstanding resulted in a melee in which Q-Tip sustained an eye injury. Thus, during the shooting of the promo clip for "Hot Sex", he wore a ski mask to cover up the abrasion. Trugoy of De La Soul appeared on the refrain of "Award Tour", the group's lead single from their third album Midnight Marauders , released on November 9, Coming on the heels of The Low End Theory , the album was highly anticipated.

Boosted by their raised profile, "Award Tour" became the group's highest charting single to date, and helped to land the album in the US Top Ten. Entertainment Weekly called the album "as fresh as their first Musically, Midnight Marauders built upon many of the ideas present on The Low End Theory , although the results were noticeably different, and the music was more immediate.

Whereas The Low End Theory had been an exercise in subdued minimalism, and simplicity, the grooves found on Midnight Marauders are mostly up tempo, and full of charging drums, suave basslines, melodious riffs, complementary horns, and catchy hooks, all delivered in an efficient 50 minute time frame.

The intermittent voice of a tour guide the titular 'midnight marauder' also serves to add further cohesion to the album. One of the outside musicians who contributed to the record was Raphael Saadiq credited as Raphael Wiggins of Tony! Lyrically, the album benefited from an even more confident verbal interplay between Phife Dawg and Q-Tip used to its fullest on songs like "Electric Relaxation" and "Oh My God". Some of the other topics on the album are police harassment and nocturnal activity "Midnight" , religious faith "God Lives Through" , and hip hop, as in "We Can Get Down", where Phife raps:.

How can a reverend preach, when a rev can't define The music of our youth from We rap about what we see, meaning reality From people bustin' caps and like Mandela being free Not every MC be with the negativity We have a slew of rappers pushin' positivity.

Another song, the sometimes controversial "Sucka Nigga", deals with the candid use of the word " nigga ". In the song, Q-Tip notes the negative purpose of the word but subsequently emphasizes its subjective nature when he says:.

It means that we will never grow, you know the word dummy Other niggas in the community think its crummy But I don't, neither does the youth cause we Em-brace adversity it goes right with the race And being that we use it as a term of endearment Niggas start to bug to the dome as where the fear went.

The three singles for the album had memorable music videos, for example the second single "Electric Relaxation", which was shot in black and white in a diner. The third single was "Oh My God", with a video showing the group in a neighborhood setting and surrounded by young fans. It also included a cameo by a typically manic Busta Rhymes. The group performed as one of a handful of rap acts at the Lollapalooza Festival, among acts such as The Smashing Pumpkins , Stereolab and The Verve.

It was later found that this apparent act of disrespect was accidental. Midnight Marauders remains A Tribe Called Quest's fastest-selling album; it was certified platinum on January 11, , less than two years after its release. The album's success allowed the group a greater financial freedom and the members took a short break before the recording of their next album. The group contributed to The Show soundtrack in , before returning the following year with their fourth album.

The Ummah handled the production of the following two albums. The Ummah's production style was a smoother but darker hybrid of the group's previous albums, where the snare possessed a much sharper crack on most tracks.

Ali added: "Everything's too technical now, too overdone. We're sampling less on this album. Nothing extravagant, nothing far out. Consequence , Q-Tip's cousin, and an aspiring rapper, was present on six songs, including the second single " Stressed Out ". Phife Dawg later stated that this was when he began to lose interest in the group:. I really felt like with Midnight Marauders I came into my own. Q-Tip and Ali had converted to Islam and I didn't.

Music felt like a job; like I was just doin' it to pay bills. I never want my music to feel like just a job. They would schedule studio time at the last minute. I'd catch a plane from Atlanta to be in New York and when I got to the studio, no one would be there. They would have canceled the session without telling me.

Seemed like the management was concerned with other folks not me. But I never lost my confidence. The album shot straight to 1 in the charts and went gold by the end of the year; it would go platinum by Critical reactions were divided but mostly positive. Rolling Stone called it "near-flawless", going on to say that "few hip-hop acts have so sharply captured the surreal quality that defines what it means to be African-American, a quality in which poker-faced humor and giddy tragedy play tag team with reality.

Funny how if this was any other group there would be accolades galore. But by this time most attitudes were, "if Tribe ain't moving the world with each release, then we won't stand for nothing less. Before The Love Movement was released the group announced that this would be their last album. In an interview with The Source , the group cited their frustration with Jive Zomba as a significant factor in the breakup. Phife said:.

I felt like I was happy to be on, of course. It took me a minute to latch on to the business side of things, 'cause it was just a happy-go-lucky time. And then eventually, as time went on, it started to slap me in my face. But as far as record labels, or whoever, they're not gonna do us right As far as our label, I really have no comment, duke.

The Love Movement was preceded by " Find a Way "; a song memorable for its swirly otherworldly production and catchy staccato hook. Musically, the somewhat somber tone of the previous album was largely absent and replaced by a familiar carefree optimism.

Tracks like "Give Me", with Noreaga exemplify the group's approach. Likewise, "Against The World" relies on little more than crisply mixed down drums and a two-note bassline. The theme of the album was firmly focused around the topic of love — love for oneself, love for another, love for mankind, love in the face of hate.