A Tribe Called Quest, Midnight Marauders (### out of four). Once again, Q-Tip, one of the most heralded poets in hip-hop, Phife Dog and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad thumb their noses at current hip-hop trends and overused P-Funk samples to produce a unique set of bare-bones, bass-and-drum-driven productions that are as "funky as grandpa's drawers." Yes, their lyrics have acquired a harder "street" edge - with plenty of boasting - but they never sink into gangsta-ism by glorifying guns - or by dissing women. But they do know how to love them (Electric Relaxation).
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