Black Lives Matter. The fact that it needs to be said shows how very far we still have to go as a country. We hear you and we are with you.
Today is the birthday of Kamaal Ibn John Fareed aka Jonathan Davis aka Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest. Along with fellow MC Phife Dawg, Tip set a standard of excellence few musicians get to. Instantly distinctive voice? Check. Unbelievable flow on the mike? Check? Brilliant musical backgrounds, samples, and accompanyments over which to deliver poetic, insightful rhymes? Check and mate. (If The Low End Theory isn't somewhere in your list of Top Hip-Hop Albums of All Time, you're doing it wrong).
Let's wish the Midnight Marauder a Happy Birthday by grabbing your MP3 player, pressing the “shuffle” button, and sharing the first ten songs you hear: