Third and last of the "classic" Tribe records it is arguably the group's most musically sophisticated album.
The tracks balance jazz, soul, and even reggae influences with pure hip-hop to arrive at a completely distinctive Tribe sound, the logical evolution of the bop-inflected hooks which characterised Low End Theory. Production-wise, Tribe graduates from a cool school aesthetic to an electric jazz sound (reminiscent of fusion-era Miles Davis). Lyrically, Midnight Marauders finds the group's abstract poetics in excellent form as usual, and Phife is miles ahead of the "mayor-flavour" rhymes of "Can I Kick It".
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