Madlib Essentials

Madlib Essentials

Even with his best-known work, this underground triple-threat (producer, DJ, MC) has kept listeners guessing since the ‘00s—his crates run deep, and he always keeps it weird. As half of Madvillain, the beatmaker layers obscure dollar-bin gems under MF Doom's absurdist anti-hero rhymes, and with Jaylib, he and J Dilla split mic duties, debunking claims that producers aren't supposed to rap. But despite his legendary collabs, he's just as skilled solo, reinterpreting Blue Note classics on the super-smooth “Distant Land” and touring ‘70s Bollywood on “Movie Finale”.

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