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Madlib at Stones Throw Records special, 4 December 2005

Madlib at Stones Throw Records special, 4 December 2005
Background information
Birth name Otis Jackson Jr.
Also known as Yesterdays New Quintet
The Beat Konducta
DJ Rels
The Bad Kid
Ahmad Miller
Monk Hughes
Malik Flavors
Joe McDuphrey
Monk Hughes and the Outer Realm
The Joe McDuphrey Experience
Born October 24, 1973 (1973-10-24) (age 34)
Origin Oxnard, California, United States
Genre(s) Hip Hop, Jazz, Electronica
Occupation(s) Producer, Rapper, DJ, Multi-Instrumentalist
Years active 1993 – Present
Label(s) Stones Throw Records
Antidote Records
Blue Note
Peanut Butter Wolf
Website Madlib at StonesThrow.com

Madlib (Mind Altering Demented Lessons In Beats)[1] (born Otis Jackson Jr. on October 24, 1973 in Oxnard, California, United States) is a California-based DJ, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, and music producer. Known under a plethora of pseudonyms, he is one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed hip hop producers of the 2000s and has collaborated with myriad hip hop artists, including The Alkaholiks, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli, A.G., MF DOOM (as Madvillain) and the late J Dilla (as Jaylib). Madlib describes himself as a "DJ first, producer second, and MC last,"[2][3] and he has done several projects as a DJ, mixer, or remixer. Alongside collaborators J Dilla and MF Doom,
Madlib has been a primary influence on an upcoming generation of
producers and musicians, many of which prefer an abstract aspect to
their work. Artists frequently compared to Madlib include Los AngelesFlying Lotus, and Philadelphian musician and producer Jneiro Jarel.



[edit] Early Career

Madlib was born in Oxnard, California to musician parents Otis Jackson, Sr. and DoraSinesca Jackson. He was raised in Oxnard, and currently works in Los Angeles. He began making music with the rap group Lootpack
in the early 1990s. After his father started an independent label Crate
Diggas Palace (CDP) Records in 1996 to promote Madlib and his CDP crew,
including younger sibling, Oh No the Disrupt, and released an EP "Ill
Psyche Move", Lootpack caught the attention of Peanut Butter Wolf, founder of the Stones Throw Records
label. They released two singles and a full-length album on the Stones
Throw imprint in 1999. Madlib also worked with rap group Tha Alkaholiks for several albums.

Madlib’s first release under the guise of Quasimoto, titled The Unseen, was in 2000. The album was met with critical acclaim and named by Spin Magazine
as one of the top albums of the year. Madlib (as Quasimoto) was also
named as Hip Hop Connection’s Newcomer of the Year, in its annual
readers poll for 2000. The distinctive high-pitched voice of Lord Quas
is attained by playing the original beat at a slow speed, recording the
vocals over that slow speed, then speeding the vocals along with the
original beat back up to its original tempo. This can be done easily
using any modern recording software. Furthermore, some of the samples
that are sped up and slowed down include Madlib’s own voice (primarily)
and Mario Van Peebles recordings.

In 2001, Madlib took a turn away from traditional hip hop music, releasing his first Yesterdays New Quintet LP, Angles Without Edges. Yesterdays New Quintet is a Jazz-based, hip hop and Electronic-influenced
quintet made up of four fictitious characters, Ahmad Miller, Monk
Hughes, Malik Flavors, Joe McDuphrey; and Madlib under his real name,
Otis Jackson Jr. Madlib has continued to record other albums under the
different guises of YNQ members, including 2002’s tribute to Stevie Wonder, Stevie, 2004’s tribute to Weldon Irvine, A Tribute to Brother Weldon, Joe McDuphrey Experience,
and other singles and EPs released only on vinyl. He also created the
pseudonym Sound Directions to create the YNQ like Record The Funky Side
of Life. The first, released in 2002, was a collection of old dub reggae tracks from Trojan Records, and was titled Blunted in the Bomb Shelter. The second, Shades of Blue was released in 2003 and is a remix of Blue Note Records.
This album features original Blue Note recordings, some remixed and
resampled, and some replayed by Madlib, as well as rapping by M.E.D. aka Medaphoar.

[edit] Success

Madlib performing at All Tomorrow's Parties.

Madlib performing at All Tomorrow’s Parties.

2003 heralded the first of two collaboration projects. Working with the late Detroit hip hop producer J Dilla, the duo known as Jaylib released Champion Sound. The other was Madlib’s collaboration with hip-hop producer and rapper MF DOOM, known together as Madvillain. The 2004 Madvillainy album was highly anticipated, and well-received, topping many critics’ year-end lists.[4]Both albums attracted attention from the fans of the two collaborative artists, Dilla & Doom.

The 2005 Quasimoto album, The Further Adventures of Lord Quas was accepted well and continued the Quasimoto tradition of using vocal samples from Melvin Van Peebles. This was followed by a YNQ album called Sound Directions: The Funky Side of Life,
marking his first collaboration with session musicians. His first
collection of original (previously unused) hip-hop instrumentals Beat Konducta Vol. 1-2: Movie Scenes was released in March 2006, and on New Year’s Eve, a digital release Liberation with Talib Kweli was made public for free download for the first week of 2007. In August 2007, the sequel to Beat Konducta Vol 1-2: Movie Scenes was released.

Yesterdays Universe completed the cycle of releases by Yesterdays
New Quintet and introduces a new collection of artist names created by
Madlib: The Jazzistics, The Young Jazz Rebels, Jackson Conti, Suntouch,
The Jahari Massamba Unit, Kamala Walker & The Soul Tribe, The Last
Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble, The Yesterdays
Universe All-Stars, The Otis Jackson Jr. Trio, and The Eddie Prince
Fusion Band.

Percee P’s first album, Perseverance,
entirely produced by Madlib, was out in September 2007. Some other
records are supposed to come out such as the Supreme Team album (with
Karriem Riggins), as well as a solo album on BBE Records. It has been
reported that Erykah Badu made some new songs over Madlib’s
instrumentals, and that he would work on a project with Sa-Ra. For
years, rumours of Madvillainy 2 and Jaylib 2 have circulated, but no information has surfaced, besides one new Madvillain song on the Stones Throw Records compilation Chrome Children in 2006.

On October 29th, 2007, Madlib made a rare public appearance on BET‘s Rap City, alongside collaborator Talib Kweli.[5]

Madlib produced the recently-leaked Erykah Badu single, The Healer, which leaked in late 2007/ early 2008. The song formally debuted on Gilles Peterson‘s BBC Radio show in January 2008.

[edit] Discography

Main article: Madlib discography

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. ^ Interview with Madlib
  2. ^ Wax Poetics, #1, Winter 2002
  3. ^ Mugshot Magazine, Vol 2, Issue 3, 2003
  4. ^ Madvillain: Madvillainy (2004): Reviews
  5. ^ YouTube – Madlib & Talib Kweli Interview
NAME Jackson, Otis, Jr.
SHORT DESCRIPTION Rapper, producer
DATE OF BIRTH October 24, 1973
PLACE OF BIRTH Oxnard, California, United States

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