Q-Tip thanks Knicks for cool tribute to landmark album: '50 this year'

By , Audacy Sports

Hip-hop legend Q-Tip sees his hometown Knicks having a big season.

The A Tribe Called Quest rapper-producer took to social media on Wednesday to thank the team for recognizing the anniversary of the release of the seminal 1993 album Midnight Marauders.

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On Tuesday, the Knicks published a graphic inspired by the beloved album's iconic cover art, which featured the faces of a handful of prominent hip-hop artists of the time.

The Knicks' post was captioned "New York City represent, represent," a line lifted from the chorus of the album's first song, "Steve Biko (Stir It Up)."

The cool post apparently came to the attention of The Abstract, who boldly predicted "50 this yr" for the Knicks.

Tip was also feeling it when a fan joked that the Knicks were the "midcourt marauders."

Tribe's songs are loaded with sports references, including at least a couple allusions to the Knicks, who of course were the toast of the town when Tribe was churning out hits in the early 1990s.

Q-Tip's fellow Tribe rapper, the late Phife Dawg, particularly peppered his verses with such references. On Midnight Marauders' "8 Million Stories," for example, Phife details going to a Knicks game, only he gets stood up by his date, and "to top it off, Starks got ejected."

Midnight Marauders was released on November 9, 1993, the followup to 1991's landmark The Low End Theory. It was certified platinum within a year of its release and spawned two top-100 singles in "We Can Get Down" and "Electric Relaxation."

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