Check it out, I found a pic of the Midnight Marauders album cover without anything obstructing the heads.
If you think about it like a grid, the left to right axis is numbered 1 to 8. The top to bottom axis is labeled A through G. So, for example, Puff Daddy at the bottom left has the coordinates “G1.” And Busta Rhymes, in the checkered bandana, has the coordinates “B8.”
I’ve done my best to identify all the heads in this pic. Can anybody identify the ones I missed?
A1 Daddy-O (of Stetsasonic) A2 Chuck D (of P.E.) A3 Too Short A4 Large Professor A5 Afrika Bambaataa A6 DJ Jazzy Joyce A7 Mike G (of The Jungle Brothers) A8 Afrika Baby Bam B1 Litro (ATCQ Road Manager) B2 Maseo (Plug Three, De La) B3 Posdnuos (Plug One, De La) B4 Ice T B5 Heavy D B6 Kool Moe Dee B7 Grandmaster Flash B8 Busta Rhymes C1 MC Lyte C2 Crazy Legs (of Rock Steady Crew) C3 Mr. Wiggles (of Rock Steady Crew) C4 Doug E. Fresh C5 Prince Po (of Organized Konfusion) C6 MCA C7 Mike D C8 Ad Rock D1 Doitall (of LOTU) D2 Litro again? D3 Slim Kid Tre (of The Pharcyde) D4 Romye (of The Pharcyde) D5 Fat Lip (of The Pharcyde) D6 Grandmaster D (Whodini’s DJ) D7 Diamond D D8 Special Ed E1 Casual E2 Del Tha Funkee Homosapien E3 Teddy Ted (of Awesome Two) E4 ? E5 ? E6 Pete Nice E7 Ruel (of Rock Steady Crew) E8 Mr. Funkyman (of LOTU) F1 Opio (of Souls of Mischief) F2 Phesto (of Souls of Mischief) F3 Tajai (of Souls of Mischief) F4 A-Plus (of Souls of Mischief) F5 ? F6 DJ Jazzy Jay F7 Skeff Anselm F8 Dallas Austin G1 Puff Daddy G2 Kid Kapri G3 Pee Wee Dance (of Rock Steady Crew) G4 DJ Evil Dee G5 Rashad Smith G6 Buckshot G7 5ft. Accelerator (of Black Moon) G8 Trugoy (of De La Soul)
This Saturday, November 9th marks the 20th(!) anniversary of the release of A Tribe Called Quest‘s Midnight Marauders. The third in the trilogy of classic LPs that kicked off ATCQ’s recording career – after 1990′s People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm and 1991′s The Low End Theory – MM also possesses one of the most iconic album covers in hip-hop history. Featuring the group’s signature striped female figure amidst the floating, headphone-clad heads of dozens of hip-hop luminaries spread over three different (red, black and green bordered) incarnations, Midnight Marauders‘ unforgettable cover design was the creative brainchild of Jive Records head art director Jean Kelly with assistance from fellow art director Nick Gamma. This, after the ambitious original cover concepts from Quest leader Q-Tip were abandoned. [Read More]