To mark the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest
hip hop albums of all-time, UK deejay/producer Jim Sharp has paid homage to ATCQ by tastefully remixing, revisting and reimagining classic cuts from their Midnight Marauders album and better yet you can download the EP for FREE by clicking the link in the player below.
On November 9th 1993 A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Midnight Marauders’ dropped. ATCQ was (and still is) my favourite rap group and listening to Marauders now, it seems incredible how it’s endured the test of time. With the advancement of technology it has been possible to attain previously unreleased vocals and with this in mind I started to rebuild tracks from Marauders from their original samples. (it’s important to note that technology has only moved so far and the majority of vocals were impossible to get) I took a lot of time to imagine how Q-Tip would have captured the samples, probably using a turntable and an MPC. Consciously not using pitch correct, sampling one side of the audio and bouncing it to stereo and continually trying to get the right filter, echo, pitch and sound from the original sample. I also re-imagined big sections of tracks paying homage to some of my favourite producers such as Premier, DJ Shadow, 9th Wonder and Large Professor. I thought about what it would have been like to have some legends of the game such as Biggie, Nas and Biz Markie dropping guest verses next to Tip and Phife. I completely understand how dear Tribe fans hold Marauders and it was important to me that it had a fresh take but stayed true to the original ethos. This was a labour of love and I hope people dig it for what it is.