A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders 20th Anniversary Mixtape

Mixed by DJ Chris Read for Wax Poetics and Who Sampled




As dates in musical history go, Tuesday, November 9, 1993, is a noteworthy one to say the least. On the very same day that Wu-Tang Clan unleashed their kung-fu-inflected debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the Native Tongues members A Tribe Called Quest also released their third studio album, the classic and oh-so-sublime Midnight Marauders.

All of A Tribe Called Quest’s albums are great. From their experimental 1990 debut People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm and 1991’s jazz-heavy, boom-bap Low End Theory, all the way to the Ummah styling (with a certain prodigy then known as Jay Dee) of 1996’s Beats, Rhymes & Life and 1998’s The Love Movement, Tribe consistently innovated with intelligence and class. But, like the jelly in the middle of a royal sandwich of a career, it is Midnight Marauders that is most frequently heralded as one of the greatest albums of its era.

Featuring singles such as “Award Tour,” “Oh My God,” and “Electric Relaxation,” the album seamlessly flows through upbeat tempos to more mellow tones, peppered with the robotic compering of Laurel Dann. As well as smart lyrics and classic rhymes, Midnight Marauders boasts forward-thinking production and deft use of sampling.

So to mark the twentieth anniversary of such a remarkable record, Who Sampled’s Chris Read has crafted a knowledgeable and nuanced mix full of tracks from the album and original sample material. Listen up and enjoy!



1. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Award Tour’ (Instrumental)
2. Chris Read – ‘Theme #3’ (Scratchapella)
3. Busy Bee & Rodney Cee – ‘MC Battle’ (Extract) (Sampled in ‘Sucka Nigga’)
4. Jack Wilkins – ‘Red Clay’ (Sampled in ‘Sucka Nigga’)
5. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Sucka Nigga’
6. Roy Ayers – ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ (Sampled in ‘Keep It Rollin’)
7. A Tribe Called Quest feat Large Professor – ‘Keep It Rollin’
8. Bob James – ‘Nautlilus’ (Loop) (Sampled in ‘Clap Your Hands’)
9. The Meters – ‘Handclapping Song’ (Sampled in ‘Clap Your Hands’)
10. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Clap Your Hands’
11. Lou Donaldson – ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ (Loop) (Sampled in ‘Clap Your Hands’)
12. Bola Sete – ‘Bettina’ (Sampled in ‘8 Million Stories’)
13. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘8 Million Stories’
14. Biz Markie – ‘Nobody Beats The Biz’ (Extract) (Sampled in ‘The Chase Pt II’)
15. Steve Arrington – ‘Beddy Biey’ (Sampled in ‘The Chase Pt II’)
16. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘The Chase Pt II’
17. Michal Urbaniak Group -‘ Ekim‘ (Sampled in ‘Steve Biko’)
18. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Steve Biko’
19. The Whatnauts – ‘Why Can’t People Be Colours Too?’ (Sampled in ‘Oh My God’)
20. Kool & The Gang – ‘Who’s Gonna take The Weight’ (Sampled in ‘Oh My God’)
21. A Tribe Called Quest feat Busta Rhymes – ‘Oh My God’
22. Jimmy McGriff – ‘Dig On It’ (Sampled in ‘God Lives Through’)
23. The JBs – ‘Gimme Some More’ (Extract) (Sampled in ‘God Lives Through’)
24. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘God Lives Through’
25. Clyde McPhatter – ‘Mixed Up Cup’ (Loop) (Sampled in ‘Lyrics To Go’)
26. Ronnie Foster – ‘Mystic Brew’ (Sampled in ‘Electric Relaxation’)
27. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Electric Relaxation’
28. James Brown – ‘Just Enough Room For Storage’ (Sampled in ‘Lyrics To Go’)
29. Minnie Riperton – ‘Inside My Love’ (Sampled in ‘Lyrics To Go’)
30. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Lyrics To Go’

Artwork: Leon Nockolds


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9 Responses

  1. Two Words: Straight fire!

  2. Please make this mix downloadable.

    Herb Funk
  3. CRACK

    – H
  4. Is there a download?

    – brian vaxter
  5. Download please!!! This is the breath of fresh air we need! Historic!
    Please let us download and spread the word!

    – Da Supremed
  6. Sick mix, make it downloadable, please. I wanna listen to it while I’m taking a walk in the park or downtown :)

    – Valerian
  7. So beautiful, since November 12th I have listened to little else. Like many of Chris’ mixes this transcends the original recording.
    For me, there is nothing quite like the perfect marriage of original Jazz & Soul with all that lovely melody, mixed with hip-hop with all that rhythm.
    Each balances the other; when I listen to a lot of hip-hop I pine for soaring vocals, for the “accidents” of jazz – a rim shot, a sax squeak – when I listen to anything else but hip-hop I miss the headbobbing pulse, the “scat” of old skool MCs.

    Love it, thank you

    – O'hara
  8. Love this mix! I know I’m super late to the Party but I definitely would love a download to this! I second everything O’Here said! This is best of both worlds and why I love music! Thanks for sharing!

    – Miguel
  9. 3 years after this has been created I am still listening to this since there isnt a downloadable

    – miguel

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