Tuesday, December 20, 2011

That's Some Funky Body Paint

A Tribe Called Quest
Midnight Marauders
1993, Jive
produced by Large Professor
Ali Shaheed Muhammad - DJ
Phife Dawg - MC
Q-Tip - MC

  • Award Tour/ The Chase part 2
  • Oh My God/ Lyrics to Go
  • Electric Relaxation/ Midnight

This was a purchase after my friend in high school wouldn't stop talking about Q-tip.  This is the kind of hip hop I like.  Intelligent, laid back, clever, with a swagger and bounce that is missing from pop rap dance and party tracks.  Q-tip is also featured on a Beastie Boys track on Ill Communication, which is awesome.  The hip hop style of the '90s is definitely a centerpiece to this album, complete with intros and outros reminiscent of television bumpers.  This is the follow up to their Low End Theory album.  The best era for hip hop in my opinion was the early to mid '90s, and this album is a great example.  The cover art not only displays the same stylizaed figure that was on Low End Theory, but is also an homage to who the Tribe considered Hip Hop legends and revolutionaries.  The full illustration is below, and this page from Wikipedia lists all of the artists and producers featured.  

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