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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper EP

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib — September 23, 2013 | Comments (39)



Chop puts together a mix of on the heels of his Now-Again 2013 release, Illuminate

We’ve been hearing the sounds of Chop (formerly “Mr. Chop”) for some time – from his first EP on Now-Again, the retro-futuristic Lightworlds, to his work on DOOM’s Born Like This, to his reworkings of Pete Rock’s hip hop classics on For Pete’s Sake. He’s got a new album: Illuminate on Now-Again. Chop’s studio is a temple to gear the likes of which is fetishized on message board posts by those who master your favorite musician’s album, and it’s located on a dirt road, abutting an estuary in Northern England. Chop just loves him some crazy gear and some weird processes to make music: those processes lead to the types of tunes you hear in this mix – which draws from Illuminate, and previously unreleased Chop music. Featuring the usual lot of Chop collaborators, including The Heliocentrics Malcolm Catto.

Chop – “Building Blocks” from Illuminate

Madlib – One Hundred Beats

Madlib — September 18, 2013 | Comments (17)

Madlib makes beats. Hundreds of beats. Behind the scenes, these beats have been passed around to his collaborators on countless CD-R’s over the years. For a few years in the past decade Madlib was using a number system as titles. “One Hundred Beats” was an accurately-named set of raw, unfinished beats on a double-CD set, quickly followed by “Another Hundred Beats” on two more CDs. Other “hundreds” came in the months and years that followed, until other series titles took their place. These works in progress were backed up on hard drives, and just a few covers were made for posterity. These two photos come from the archives of J Rocc and Jeff Jank.

For those who have asked where to get these, the answer is that you probably already have them. One Hundred Beats and Another Hundred Beats provided much of the basis for the albums like Madvillainy by Madvillain, Champion Sound by Jaylib, A Lil’ Light by Dudley Perkins, and several other releases of the era.

Madlib – 100 Beats

Madlib on Wax Poetics 56

Madlib — September 16, 2013 | Comments (1)

Wax Poetics Issue 56 celebrates the fortieth anniversary of hip-hop with Madlib and Kool Herc on cover. Also included is Afrika Bambaataa’s record collection, Sugar Hill Records house band turned electro/industrial band Tackhead, and wunderkind Mac Miller. Long time readers of Wax Poetics may remember, Madlib was featured in their very first issue back in 2002.


Now-Again, Oh No — September 3, 2013 | Comments (5)

Here’s another track from Oh No vs. Now-Again Vol. 2, a 19-track beat album by Oh No. Available on CD, and digitally at Now-Again’s subscription service at

Download MP3: Oh No – “Hear Me”

Kids photo by B+ and the others by unknown muthas.