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MED BLU MADLIB – Finer Things feat. Phonte, Likewise

Madlib — October 14, 2015 | Comments (5)

Here’s another track from Bad Neighbor, coming October 30th. Phonte, Likewise, DOOM, Aloe Blacc, Hodgy Beats, Anderson Paak, Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk join MED and Blu over 100% Madlib beats.

MED BLU MADLIB feat. MF DOOM – Knock Knock

Madlib — September 22, 2015 | Comments (20)

FROM THE ALBUM BAD NEIGHBOR

MF DOOM, Aloe Blacc, Hodgy Beats, Anderson Paak, Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk join MED and Blu over 100% Madlib beats.

A couple years ago Blu got a few Madlib instrumentals and put together a few demos. The rough collection became the foundation of what would become Bad Neighbor. MED, a longtime collaborator of Madlib, put the pieces together, bringing together an impressive group of MCs and vocalists to complete the album.

About the single: “Doom’s verse was the interesting one,” says MED. “Doom’s concept was that it’s a text message. He text messages me while I’m not home, so he comes to my house anyway and starts borrowing all kinds of shit, you know, villain-style … going to my house, drinking my beers, going through my DVDs.”

Hear Med, Blu & Madlib Team With MF Doom for the Trio’s All-Star LP – Rolling Stone

Trouble Knows Me – “Streetsweeper” – Madlib Remix

Madlib — September 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

NOW SHIPPING: TROUBLE KNOWS ME 12-INCH VINYL

Record out now; Here’s a new Madlib remix of “Streetsweeper”

Limited edition vinyl for the Sam Herring & Madlib project is now shipping. Thanks to everyone who came out to our events in Los Angeles and Chicago for the first round of records, and to everyone who patiently waited for the rest of them.

Produced by Madlib / A&R: Eothen Alapatt / Mixed and mastered by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters. / Thanks to the Herring Family, Future Islands, Ben Gaffin, Ben Dickey, all the good teachers. The artwork is by Gustavo Eandi & Jeff Jank, printed by Hit & Run. There are 15-20 variations on the covers, each printed by hand.

MADLIB IN EUROPE THIS MONTH:

Sep 04: Deviation, London
Sep 06: Outlook Fest, Pula, Croatia

Trouble Knows Me

Madlib — August 14, 2015 | Comments (19)

BUY HERE: TROUBLE KNOWS ME 12-INCH VINYL

Here’s the new Madlib joint, released by Madlib Invazion on limited run of vinyl with one-of-a-kind screen-printed covers. Three rap tracks + three instrumentals on Side A. Flip side has instrumentals for the rap tracks.

Future Islands’ Sam Herring Teams With Madlib for Rap Project Trouble Knows Me, Shares Track – Pitchfork

The record made it’s debut with a few copies available at events in Chicago and Los Angeles, the weekend of July 17-19, 2015. The rest of them are available on the Rappcats shop, a pre-order for September 1st release.

Produced by Madlib / A&R: Eothen Alapatt / Mixed and mastered by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters. / Thanks to the Herring Family, Future Islands, Ben Gaffin, Ben Dickey, all the good teachers. The artwork is by Gustavo Eandi & Jeff Jank, printed by Hit & Run. There are 15-20 variations on the covers, each printed by hand.

Bonus track, not on the record – “Streetsweeper (Madlib Remix)”

Photos: Madlib, Sam Herring in Chicago

Madlib — July 18, 2015 | Comments (2)

These two just dropped a record together, Trouble Know Me. These photos were taken Friday, July 17, at The Mid in Chicago, where the record made its debut, with Hit & Run silk screening the covers there live. Thanks to Jesse Lirola for the black & white photos; color photos by Egon / Now-Again.

The unnamed.

Madlib — July 13, 2015 | Comments (36)

New Madlib coming this Friday/Saturday. We hinted a while ago at a new Madlib production with a yet-unnamed MC. We’re dropping a track later this week in the Rappcats newsletter and presenting the limited 12-inch EP in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Where: Chicago. Friday, July 17. Madlib performs at The Mid, where he will be joined onstage by the MC (and it’s not you who think it is.) Records will be for sale in the venue, where Hit & Run will be live-printing the sleeves. TICKETS. Note: This show will be followed by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on July 19.

Where: Los Angeles. Saturday, July 18. Rappcats, 5636 York Blvd, 12PM-4PM. We’ll have these records along with everything else on the Madlib Invazion catalog in a one-day record store pop-up.

The record is 3 vocal tracks plus bonus beats and instrumentals – 9 tracks in all. Sleeves are hand-printed by Hit & Run with artwork by Gustavo Eandi and Jeff Jank – about 10 variations of each sleeve. These will be numbered, with 150 in Chicago and 150 in L.A. Another few hundred are currently being printed and will be available on Rappcats website later this summer.

Madlib Mind Fusion: African Earwax

Madlib, Mind Fusion — June 20, 2015 | Comments (17)

Madlib has a new mixtape called Mind Fusion: African Earwax. He made 30 copies of these on CD, each of which was being given an individual hand-drawn cover by Jason Jagel and sold at the Doomsday Show at Rappcats, June 20, 2015.

Here’s the mix in full. This is the first mix on Madlib’s Mixcloud page http://mixcloud.com/madlib

Mind Fusion began as a five-volume mixtape series, released 2004-2007. These mixtape CD releases bare no label or address, just the name “Madlib” designed like the Tamla Records logo. Vol 1 and Vol 4 contain production from Madlib. Vol 2 is a jazz mix. Vol 3 and Volume 5 are mixes of records from around the world. Liner notes in each volume, from authors such as Thurston Moore, Vaclav Havel, LeRoi Jones, and Lungston Hughes, range from essays on jazz, a Los Angeles guides, poems, tips on making bombs at home.

MORE ABOUT THE SERIES:
Madlib Mind Fusion
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 1: Hip-Hop
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 2: Jazz, Funk, Soul
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 3: Dirty Crates from the Bottom
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 4: Hip-Hop Remixes, Nas Vs. Jay Z, & CDP Archives
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 5: Dirty Crates from Around the World

Madlib T-shirts.

Madlib — January 21, 2015 | Comments (1)

Madlib T-shirts are available again. Quasimoto Q.E. is a homage to Public Enemy, their logo flipped by Jeff Jank. Madlib by Parra is the Dutch illustrator’s nearly impossible-to-read take on the Los Angeles Dodgers logo. Aliases is a tribute to the many characters of Madlib’s musical universe, designed by Brent Rollins. Smoked Out … yes, that says “Madlib” … this was designed by Gustavo Eandi for Madlib Medicine Show #11.



Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression

Madlib — December 11, 2014 | Comments (1)

Some years ago, Madlib was offered the opportunity to dig into the master tapes of the legendary Blue Note Records, remix whatever he liked, and have them release the record. For a producer raised on the label, the offer couldn’t have been any better. The result was the album Shades of Blue, which was recently reissued on vinyl as a part of a year-long celebration of Blue Note’s 75th year in business.

Rounding out the birthday party is this substantial release, Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression, a heavy coffee table book documenting the 75 years of albums, credits, photos, cover art and production details.

One irony of the digital music is the continuing interest in record labels, vinyl album covers, and what seems like a flood of books about LP cover artwork. But if there’s one label who truly deserves it, whose work can fill nearly 400 pages, it’s Blue Note Records. They not only defined jazz in the 20th century, but defined several eras of jazz. Just as important to those of us who love the labels as much as the music, was their unique ability to combine the music and the recordings with photography and design in a way that presented Blue Note as an entire culture unto itself. Even their look defines jazz. Other labels did this to some extent, but never as long and with as much consistency as Blue Note. Many others tried and never came close. It’s now something of a lost art, but some still try.

It’s an honor to see Madlib’s Shades of Blue rounding out the last section of the book, and the album still sounds good today. The cover photo was shot by B+ (Brian Cross) and a couple pages of his proof sheets are also published in the book. I, Jeff Jank, designed the record, in the classic “Blue Note style.” Someone at Blue Note told me I was the only person in the history of label to design and perform on one of the records. The performance part is a stretch, since I played two notes on a broken-down standup bass which Madlib later re-processed, but I’ll accept the credit.

Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression was written by Richard Havers, published by Chronicle Books. 399 pages, 4 lbs.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – KNICKS REMIX EP – with Bronson, Bada$$ & Ransom

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib — October 20, 2014 | Comments (3)

ON SALE: FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – KNICKS REMIX EP

Following up Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Pinata – this EP contains exclusive tracks not available on the album. “Knicks,” in remixed form, now features a new verse by Gibbs alongside Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Ransom. The b-side, “Home,” features BJ The Chicago Kid – the velvet voiced vocalist from the duo’s earlier “Shame” – and Madlib’s two-part soul-flip carries Gibb’s narrative about a traveling man’s disregard for his woman at home. Both sides are completed by previously unheard Madlib instrumentals.

Look for another Pinata Alert in LA & NYC when we have vinyl.

TRACK LIST
A1. Knicks Remix feat. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Ransom
A2. Knicks Remix (Instrumental)
A3. The Dunk (Bonus Beat)
B1. Home ft. BJ The Chicago Kid
B2. Home (Instrumental)
B3. The Garden (Bonus Beat)

Freddie photo by Peter Beste, group photo by Lord Such.