"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