Question for you as you ponder which colorway to purchase of the new Keep Bouncing Tribe Tee: Is ‘Lyrics To Go’ the best track on ‘Midnight Marauders’? Answer: Quite possibly. Though if you are like us, the re-sequencing of the tracks on this album in order of preference and excellence is something of a constantly thankless task anyway. Just as you think you have nailed it, the sands shift and your brain cries, wait, hold on, how can ‘Electric Relaxation’ not be the obvious top choice? Come to that, clearly it is neither of these tunes, but actually ‘Steve Biko (Stir it Up)’. Argument settled. Hold on though, where would you place ‘We Can Get Down’, ‘Clap Your Hands’, ‘Oh My God’, ‘Award Tour’, ‘Keep It Rolling’, ‘The Chase Part II’? See, it is an unwinnable challenge. That’s the price of perfection I suppose.
But back to the original point, which is that ‘Lyrics To Go’ is undoubtedly one of the choicest cuts the Tribe ever laid down. This is down naturally to the lyrical play on that particular track, Tip especially at the very peak of his powers, and the dup proving that they truly do have too many lyrics to go. But in part is also down to its exceptional sampling of Minnie Riperton’s ‘Inside My Love’ (from 1975’s equally exceptional ‘Adventures in Paradise’ album). The re-working of the beat from Riperton’s exquisite ode to deep love is precise and expertly executed, making a tune that exists originally as a poetic deep funk into an urgently paced roller of a hip-hop beat, with snapping snares propelling the beat throughout. Whether the original or the sampled giant, however, it is a killer. Music to go, it’s all love.