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Madlib

Describing himself as "a DJ first, producer second, and MC last," Madlib is one of the many aliases of Otis Jackson, Jr., who has become one of the most celebrated, prolific, and eclectic artists in hip-hop since emerging on the scene in the early '90s. Also known as Beat Konducta, Quasimoto, Malik Flavors, DJ Lord Such, and the Loopdiggaz, among his dozens of handles, the unique sound and feel of Madlib's work (created without computers, using old-school recording and sampling gear) has made him a valued collaborator with a number of leading hip-hop performers, and a widely praised figure in the underground rap community.

Otis Jackson, Jr. was born in Oxnard, California on October 24, 1973. His father, Otis Jackson, Sr., was a working jazz and blues musician, while his mother, Sinesca, was a guitarist and songwriter, and his uncle was the noted jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis. Young Otis first became interested in the workings of a recording studio while watching his father at work, and he grew up soaking up a wealth of musical influences while developing a keen interest in hip-hop. In 1990, Jackson adopted the stage name Madlib when he joined the trio Lootpack with his friends DJ Romes and Wildchild. When rapper King Tee heard the group, Lootpack were invited to make their recording debut as guests on the album 21 & Over by Tee's crew Tha Alkaholiks; Madlib was also credited as a producer on one track. Lootpack had a hard time scoring a record deal, and it wasn't until 1995 that they released their first record on their own -- the Psyche Move EP -- on Crate Digga's Palace, a label bankrolled by Madlib's father. In time, Lootpack would cross paths with DJ and producer Peanut Butter Wolf, who signed the trio to his Stones Throw Records label. It was the beginning of a long relationship between Madlib and Stones Throw, which would release much of his future body of work.

By the time Lootpack released their first album, 1999's Soundpieces: Da Antidote, Madlib was already moving on to other projects; he had produced records for Declaime and O.G.C., remixed material for Peanut Butter Wolf's Definition of Ill 12", and was debuting his Quasimoto persona, in which he delivered weedian verses in an artificially high, distorted voice over spacious beats and cool, often jazz-influenced breaks. After a handful of singles, the first Quasimoto album, The Unseen, appeared in 2000; the album received critical praise upon its release and gained a following as an underground rap cult classic. In 2001, Madlib would unveil another project, a jazz ensemble called Yesterdays New Quintet, with the EP Elle's Theme. While the YNQ material was credited to a quintet of musicians, with Madlib joined by Monk Hughes, Joe McDuphrey, Malik Flavors, and Ahmad Miller, in fact Madlib performed all the music on their releases himself, showing off his skills on keyboards and percussion as well as producing and sampling. (This would not prevent Madlib from letting his fictive bandmates explore their musical personalities on several "solo" singles and EPs.) The YNQ recordings would lead to a unique project, the 2003 album Shades of Blue, in which Madlib was given free rein to sample and remix material from the archives of Blue Note Records. Shades of Blue was the first full-length album credited to Madlib, though he'd used the headline for a number of singles and EPs.

In 2003, he also reunited with his former Lootpack partner Wildchild to record the album Secondary Protocol, and teamed up with fellow producer J Dilla for the first of a series of collaborative recordings released under the banner Jaylib. In 2004, Madlib launched yet another collaboration as he and MC MF Doom got together to record under the name Madvillain; the album was an enormous critical success, and remains a career highlight for both artists. Also in 2004, Madlib released Theme for a Broken Soul, a surprising venture into broken beat/house music under the name DJ Rels. He also released a second Quasimoto album, The Further Adventures of Lord Quas, in 2005. Despite this busy schedule, Madlib was also booking more work as a producer, handling sessions with De La Soul, Dudley Perkins, A.G., and Prince Po; he'd go on to produce material for Mos Def, Guilty Simpson, Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli, Strong Arm Steady, and Erykah Badu, as well as remixing tracks by Jay-Z, the Beastie Boys, and TV on the Radio.

In 2005, Madlib introduced his latest alter ego, the Beat Konducta, on the LP Vol. 1: Movie Scenes; it was the first release in a series of albums dominated by short, sample-based instrumental pieces, often built around elements from soundtracks and Indian film scores. The first two volumes appeared in 2005-2006, followed by Vol. 3-4: Beat Konducta in India in 2007, and finally the fifth and sixth volumes (dedicated to the late J Dilla) in 2008, released on CD as Vol. 5-6: A Tribute To... in 2009. An unrelated Beat Konducta album, WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip, appeared on BBE Records/Rapster in 2008 as part of their Beat Generation series; the album contained Madlib instrumentals as well as tracks featuring guest MCs including Guilty Simpson, Murs, and Defari.

In 2010, Madlib announced a particularly ambitious project -- a series of albums using the blanket title Madlib Medicine Show, which would feature both new mixes and unreleased recordings from Madlib's archives. Madlib intended to release one Medicine Show album per month for an entire year; the first installment was Medicine Show No. 1: Before the Verdict, and Madlib was not only good to his pledge, releasing Medicine Show No. 12: Raw Medicine in early 2012, but he even tossed in an extra album to round out the project, Medicine Show No. 13: Black Tape. The series also kicked off his own label, Madlib Invazion, which was the home to most of his subsequent releases (although he did release a few other recordings on Stones Throw, such as Yessir Whatever, a 2013 collection of rare/unreleased Quasimoto material, and the soundtrack to the 2014 Stones Throw documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton). Other releases on Madlib Invazion included two volumes of Rock Konducta (instrumentals constructed using prog and Krautrock samples) in 2013, and several singles and EPs with Gary, Indiana-based rapper Freddie Gibbs. The duo's long-awaited full-length, Piñata, appeared in 2014 to critical acclaim. Madlib also began collaborating with MED and Blu, releasing two EPs (The Burgundy and The Buzz) in 2013, followed by the 2015 full-length Bad Neighbor, all released on MED's Bang Ya Head label. Also in 2015, Madlib and Future Islands vocalist Samuel T. Herring (who raps under the name Hemlock Ernst) formed a side project called Trouble Knows Me, and released a self-titled EP on Madlib Invazion. ~ Mark Deming
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Madlib Medicine Show No. 9

2. So Beautiful (Dues Paid)

3. Stageridin'

5. Jus' Follow

7. Eyegotcha

8. Legalize It (Interlude)

9. Sunday Sinema

11. The Truth (Interlude)

12. Red Light Green

13. Go There

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Track List: Medicine Show No. 11: Low Budget High Fi Music

1. Sounds Of The Studio (Prelude)

2. Hold Up

3. Handmade Hustle (Instrumental)

5. Thoughts Of An Old Flame

6. Minze (Come Closer)

7. Louder (Blast Your Radio Theme)

8. The Ride (Nightcoastin' Instrumental)

12. Love/Hate (Instrumental)

13. Loose Girl (Electronic Drunk Demon Version)

14. Smoke Break (Whodat?)

15. Interview #4080

16. Embryo Thought (Instrumental)

19. Interliberation Interlude

20. Mic Check (Smoke Break II)

21. Real Talk

22. The Sound Of Champions (Instrumental)

23. Charlie Hustle

24. Girls (Prelude)

25. Same

27. Girls

28. Uh (Outro)

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Track List: Medicine Show No.3 - Beat Conducta In Africa

1. Motherland

2. The Frontline (Liberation)

3. Raw Introduction To Afreka

4. African Voodoo Queen (Drama)

5. Jungle Soundz (Part One)

6. The Struggle To Unite (One Africa)

7. Mandingoswing

8. Endless Cold (Lovelost)

9. Chant 2

10. Afrosound Panorama

11. Hunting Theme

12. Yafeu

13. Afritronic Pt. 1

14. Afritronic Pt. 2

15. Tradition

16. Spearthrow For Oh No

17. Tear Gas And Bullets For Freedom

18. Heritage Slip

19. Land Of The Drum

20. Red, Black And Green Showcase

21. Black Fire

22. Obataive

23. Warrior's Theme

24. Mtima

25. African Map Watch

26. Street Hustler

27. Kanika

28. Chant 3

29. The Show (Inner View)

30. Brothers And Sisters

31. Freedom Play

32. African Bounce

33. Umi (Life)

34. Natural Sound Waves

35. Jungle Sounds Pt. 2

36. Mighty Force

37. Unika (Outro)

38. Bonus A

39. Bouns F

40. Bonus R

41. Bonus I

42. Bonus C

43. Bonus A (Amanaz)

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Track List: Madlib Medicine Show 1 - Before The Verdict With Guilty Simpson

1. Arraignment (Intro)

2. Ode To The Ghetto (OJ Simpson Remix)

3. Yikes (OJ Simpson Remix)

4. Further

5. Lucky Guy

6. Pigs (OJ Simpson Remix)

7. Life Goes By

8. Get B**ches (OJ Simpson Remix)

9. The Exclusive

10. Robbery (OJ Simpson Remix)

11. Kill 'Em (OJ Simpson Remix)

12. The Paper

13. I Must Love You (OJ Simpson Remix)

14. Looking For Trouble

15. Young Guns

16. My Moment (OJ Simpson Remix)

17. American Dream & Future (OJ Simpson Remix)

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Track List: Beat Konducta Vol.5-6

1. For My Mans (Prelude)

2. The Mystery (Dilla's Still Here)

3. Beat Provider (Through The Years)

4. J's Day Theme #3 (Support)

5. In Jah Hands (Dilla's Lament)

6. Get Dollaz (24-7)

7. The String (Heavy Jones)

8. Two For Pay Jay (No Dough, No Show)

9. No More Time? (The Change)

10. Do You Know? (Transition)

11. Dirty Hop (The Shuffle)

12. Floating Soul (Peace)

13. Infinity Sound (Never Ending)

14. Sacrifice (Beat-A-Holic Thoughts)

15. Rebirth Cycle (Super Soul)

16. Rolled Peach Optimos (Call Day)

17. The Main Inspiration (Coltrane Of Beats)

18. The Get Over (Move)

19. Shades Of Pete (Super)

20. King Chop (Top Line)

21. Anthenagin' (?)

22. Dil Cosby Interlude

23. Dill Withers Theme

24. First Class (The Best Catalogue)

25. Lifetime (Lifeline)

26. The Electric Zone (Plugged In)

27. So Much (Music)

28. Smoked Out (Green Blaze Subliminal Sounds)

29. Another Bag Of Bomb (No Seeds)

30. All Love (The Movement)

31. Detroit Playaz (Gator Walk)

32. Blast (Computer Rock)

33. J.B. And J.D. (Interlude)

34. Never Front (Ears Up)

35. Dillalade Ride (Contact High)

36. Suffer (Concentration)

37. Show Me The Good Life (Chip Stack)

38. Slapped Up (Snap N' Clap)

39. Another Batch (Play It Again)

40. Full Figure Pockets (Pay Jay)

41. Smoke Interlude (Hawaiian Punch)

42. The Sky (Beyond Sight)

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Track List: The Beat Konducta: Wlib Am: King Of The Wigflip (Explicit)

1. The New Resident

2. Blow The Horns On 'em

3. The Plan Pt. 1

4. Tension

5. Gamble On Ya Boy

6. The Ox (805)

7. All Virtue

8. Blinfold Test #10 (He Don't Play)

9. The Thang-Thang

10. Heat

11. Smoke Break

12. The Plan (Reprise)

13. Life

14. Parklight

15. Yo Yo Affair Pt. 1 & 2

16. I Want It Back

17. Disco Dance

18. What It Do

19. Take That Money

20. Drinks Up!

21. The Way That I Live

22. Ratrace

23. Go!

24. Stop

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Track List: Beat Konducta Vol.3-4: India

1. Enter... Hot Curry

2. Indian Hump

3. Movie Finale

4. Raw Tranquility Pt. 3

5. Freeze

6. Masala

7. On That New Thing

8. Indian Deli

9. The Rumble

10. Dancing Girls Theme

11. Piano Garden

12. Dark Alley Incidental Music

13. Early Party

14. Fifth Chant

15. The Rip Off (Scene 3)

16. Star Ride

17. Get It Right

18. More Rice

19. Accordion For Raj

20. Indian Bells

21. Club Scene

22. Duel

23. Organ Stroll

24. In The Cave

25. Malfunction

26. Victory

27. Smoke Circle

28. Raw Ground Wire

29. New Bombay

30. Shah Sound

31. Another Getaway

32. Main Title

33. Variations

34. No Sitar

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Track List: Beat Konducta, Vol. 1-2

1. The Comeback (Madlib)

2. The Payback (Gotta)

3. Face The Sun (Africa)

4. Open (Space)

5. Tape Hiss (Dirty)

6. Sir Bang (Bounce)

7. Third Ear (More)

8. Stax (Strings)

9. Electric Company (Voltage Watts)

10. Left On Silverlake (Ride)

11. Painted Pictures (Art)

12. Gold Jungle (Tribe)

13. Offbeat (Groove)

14. Pyramids (Change)

15. Eternal Broadcaster (Authentic)

16. Spanish Bells (High Dreams)

17. The Rock (Humps)

18. Box Top (Cardboard Dues)

19. West Zone (Coastin)

20. Filthy (Untouched)

21. Friends (Foes)

22. Toe Fat (Ghettozone)

23. Money Hugger (Gold Diggin)

24. The Comeup (Come Down)

25. Two Timer (The Pimp)

26. Chopstyle (Suey Blast)

27. Black Mozart (Opus II)

28. Understanding (Comprehension)

29. Snake Charmer (Heads Up)

30. Old Age (Youngblood)

31. Fukwitus (The Eights)

32. African Walk (Zamunda)

33. Whutkanido (Can Do It)

34. The Forest (Greens)

35. Outerlimit (Space Ho)

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Track List: Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note

2. Slim's Return

3. Distant Land

4. Mystic Bounce

6. Blue Note Interlude

9. Alfred Lion Interlude

11. Andrew Hill Break

12. Montara

14. Footprints

16. Outro

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Track List: Dudley Perkins "Expressions" (Instrumentals)

1. Funky Dudley (Instrumental)

2. Me (Instrumental)

3. Testin' Me (Instrumental)

4. Get On Up (Instrumental)

5. Come Here My Dear (Instrumental)

6. That's The Way It's Gonna Be (Instrumental)

7. Domestic Interlude (Instrumental)

8. Seperate Ways (Instrumental)

9. Dollar Bill (Instrumental)

10. Inside (Instrumental)

11. The Last Stand (Instrumental)

12. Coming Home (Instrumental)

13. Dear God (Instrumental)

14. Misled (Instrumental)

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Track List: Mind Fusion Volume 2

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Track List: Rock Konducta Part 2

1. Galactic Supermarket

2. Ra Ash

3. Focus Floating

4. Cornucopia

5. Water Or Bread (Raining)

6. Licorice (The Beginning)

8. Time Trips

9. Hosianna IV

10. Goloka

11. Flammende

12. Future Correlations

13. Paradies

14. Centauri

15. Dies Irae

16. Tapes Flying

17. Set Crac

18. Black Dreams (Sludge Fight)

19. Death Hand

20. Teapot

22. High Lizard

23. Madness Tempel

25. Maboul

26. Soon Over

27. Zeit

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Track List: Thuggin'

1. Thuggin'

2. Thuggin' (Instrumental)

3. Deep

4. Deep (Instrumental)

5. Cold On The Boulevard

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Nice .. I like the the little bio on Madlib .
Very cool
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My sh*t
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Madlib ........... Is that n**ga
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Classic album.
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Amazing track! Thanks!
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That Dudley Perkins album damn.
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Oh, no...it's happening again, everybody... c l e a r out...I'm gonna start rhyming up on this.
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Madlib, Fat Jon, Nujabes, J Dilla best producers Eva!
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Yea music like this should be heard a lot I call it drama free music and it works.
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Thas my s**t I've been banging this s**t since High School @ im 28 '''' music like this will live forever
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Madlib and J-Dilla...Da m n ! What else can you ask for? Legends!! Rest In Beats Jaydee.
The Lootpack (Wildchild, DJ Romes and Madlib) check out some of their work.
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I'm listening to Fleaux Radio: http://pdora . c o / 1 n 9 M A d g
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Madliberator . . n e c k hurt!! #omg
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FRESH
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He's a bit hit or miss with me, but what does hit me feels like a bus holy s**t.
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Sho is good to know music like this is still around
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S**t mixed up the first two my bad ha
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Do what ya like, do what you want, do what you feel, do what you neeeeeed.
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DOPE!!!!'
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Tru blu
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push - backtrack - repeat - roll - attach
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It's just a yo yo affair
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One nickel or a dime
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Roll that s**t light that s**t smoke that s**t
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805 :D
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Love iT!
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Y'all don't even know
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Madlib is from Oxnard? I live right by there. Made my day
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Legend!!
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Madlib is amazing!
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We need to connect and work Lib. Ayatollah.
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805 Rep! ...
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U really can't f*ck with his sounds. Dilla dats about it.......
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Get this album, do yourself a favor.
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Unlike any other producer in the game. illness.
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dope
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pandora!!!!! ! repeating what others said: Check your bio's....thi s one is wrong.....it suppose to be Madlib... but yall posted Guilty Simpson's bio... wrong picture too!!!!!....
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what he said
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Pandora, check you bio info... The bio (and picture) is for GUILTY SIMPSON, not MADLIB. What's your deal? Fix that.
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This bio is for Guilty Simpson, not Madlib. The photo is also of Guilty Simpson
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Malik Flavors will kill your dog
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sweet &
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I love madlib.. I'm also from Oxnard, and unfortunatel y , he does not get enough love in his own hometown.. but there's a lot of us that love him and his work
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OX CITY.
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Unmatched Genius with a prolific work ethic. One of the giants of music. Lord Quas B**CH!
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respect
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Madlib And dillah the best two producers of there era.That Jaylib album is HOT.
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Bring back THE LOOTPACK!!!! !
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This is dopest track I heard in a while.
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