Now Hear This: “Midnight Marauders” Turns 20

Over the weekend, A Tribe Called Quest’s seminal third album, Midnight Marauders, marked 20 years since its release.

Considered by many to be Tribe’s best effort, it saw the group’s trademark jazz-influenced grooves reaching a place of rarefied musical bliss, and it remains one of hip-hop’s true masterworks.

In so many ways, it sounds as fresh today as it did on November 9th, 1993, and it’s an album that I find myself still listening to over and over again. There’s never been anyone like Tribe in hip-hop, and I don’t think there ever will be.

Here’s Electric Relaxation.

Chez Pazienza was the beating heart of The Daily Banter, sadly passing away on February 25, 2017. His voice remains ever present at the Banter, and his influence as powerful as ever.