25. A Tribe Called Quest "Midnight" (1993)
Producer: A Tribe Called Quest
Album: Midnight Marauders
Label: Jive, BMG
"Midnight" is a pulsating excerpt of highly obscure '70s guitar rock that hovers anxiously over stark drums and menacing low-end sounds. Over this moody, disquieting music, Q-Tip delivers his first and most successful inner-city "State of the Union" address. The Abstract Poet's observations are thoughtfully diffused across two verses, the first a piercingly descriptive narrative of a night on the town and the second a keenly detached overview.