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Madlib on BONAFIDE

Madlib — July 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

On the heels of his Juxtapoz cover, Madlib (and Quasimoto) are on the cover of this month’s Bonafide Mag released in UK this month. Madlib cover interview by Kidkanevil, photo by Jimmy Mould, illustration by Jeff Jank.

Rock Konducta Pt. 1 and Rock Konducta Pt. 2 have both been released this week. The vinyl and digital are in two parts, and the CD edition as one double disc set.

Juxtapoz x Madlib

Madlib — July 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Juxtapoz #163 (August 2014) features a Madlib cover story, with interview by Gabe Scott with Jason Jagel, Eothen Apapatt and Freddie Gibbs.The magazine cover is illustrated by Jason Jagel, featuring cameos from Lord Quas, DOOM, and world of anonymous jazz cats & rap cats. Photo by Estevan Oriol. Expect the magazine on U.S. newsstands in July.

Madlib – Rock Konducta

Madlib — June 11, 2014 | Comments (11)

Instrumental hip-hop album in 2 parts

ROCK KONDUCTA PT. 1 | ROCK KONDUCTA PT. 2 | DOUBLE CD

This is Madlib’s Rock Konducta – the blatantly titled, rock-inspired entries in the producer’s long-running Beat Konducta instrumental series – the fifth, following Beat Konducta: Movie Scenes (2006), Beat Konducta in India (2007), A Tribute to J Dilla (2009) and Beat Konducta in Africa (2010).

Rock Konducta grabs its source material from various worldwide rock scenes from the 60s through the 80s, from American psychedelia to Germany’s Krautrock to acid-soaked Spanish prog to synthy, early-80s oddities.

Madlib announced his Rock Konducta album with a limited edition 45 made specifically for sale at the Zamrock Live! Madlib Medicine Show in San Francisco in early 2013. It was a fitting place to make the debut, as his previous Beat Konducta in Africa album was heavily inspired by Africa’s vibrant 70s rock scene, with a specific focus on Zambia’s Zamrock.

on iTunes: Madlib – Rock Konducta Pt. 1 | Madlib – Rock Konducta Pt. 2

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper (video)

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib — June 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

Madlib – Pinata Beats (Freddie Gibbs Instrumentals)

Madlib — May 28, 2014 | Comments (8)

ON SALE: MADLIB & FREDDIE GIBBS – PINATA BEATS

Instrumentals for Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Piñata

Watch Madlib create a beat from scratch in the matrix (sort of)

Madlib — April 9, 2014 | Comments (4)

From the gang at Noisey – What the hell goes into making a hip hop beat aside the most important part, a spark of creativity? Have you ever wanted to watch a legendary producer make a beat from scratch? We asked the beat conductor Madlib to hop on the tables, drums, and keys to create a beat right in front of our eyes, and captured it all in the video above.

Also check the photos from Noisey’s article on the Freddie Gibbs & Madlib record.

Who shot ya? Freddie Gibbs & Madlib in NYC

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib — March 25, 2014 | Comments (3)

Photos from Crook Robbins at Who Shot Ya?

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib — March 17, 2014 | Comments (44)

In the shop: FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – PINATA

Freddie Gibbs is the product of violent, drug-laden streets, but unlike most rappers with similar resumes, he brings the block to the booth without inhibition or an exaggerated rap persona. Pinata, a 17-track collaboration with producer Madlib, is the best distillation yet of his transparent approach to making music, combining stark honesty with electrifying talent as a lyricist and performer.

Pinata is “a gangster Blaxploitation film on wax,” Gibbs says, and the full-length result of a process that began in 2009. It’s an album with a sound that couldn’t be any further from the radio, where, according to the Gibbs, every rapper is Superman, or the dope dealer of the century, who has grinded to the top, never made a mistake and has no chinks in his armor.

“I will show you my flaws, I’ll show you what I’ve done wrong and what I’ve fucked up at,” says the native of Gary, Indiana, the former steel town best known for producing Michael Jackson. “I don’t regret shit, but I’ll show you the things I’m not proud of.”

Gibbs is joined on Pinata by Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Scarface, Domo Genesis, Ab-Soul and a host of others in setting his soliloquies of the streets alongside film snippets and dusted funk, soul and prog musical tapestries. While this is the latest in a series of single-artist collaborations for Madlib, after Jaylib (J Dilla), Madvillainy (MF Doom) and the street-centric O.J. Simpson with Detroit’s Guilty Simpson, the pairing is unique as it is the first time for Gibbs working with just one producer.

There’s also Madlib’s own self-awareness of his style as a producer. “My stuff, it ain’t fully quantized…it has more of a human feel, so it might slow down or speed up,” he says. “So you have to be the type of rapper, like Doom or Freddie, who can catch that, or else you’ll be sounding crazy.”

Gibbs admits it was a challenge rapping over beats with chops and changes as unpredictable as the man who created them, but says–with conviction and supreme confidence–“I think I did it to perfection.”

The perfection is apparent on the album, where Gibbs shifts from textbook lessons in robbing and drugging on tracks like “Scarface” and “Knicks,” to perhaps the album’s most personal song, “Broken,” a collaboration with Scarface, who, along with Tupac, DMX and 50 Cent, make up the rapper’s own Mount Rushmore of MCs (“You’re getting a hurricane of all those motherfuckers hitting you at once when you listen to Freddie Gibbs,” he says). “Deeper,” a Gibbs favorite and the third single from the album after “Thuggin’” (2012) and “Shame,” (2013) is an ode to hip-hop in the mold of Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.”; “High,” featuring Danny Brown, is self-explanatory and just what you would expect from Gibbs, Madlib and one of Detroit’s finest; while on “Real,” Gibbs addresses an old score just as Michael Corleone settled all family business on baptism day.

It’s tracks like “Real” that makes fans believe Gibbs’ claim that “I’m about to show niggas how to rap again.” And he’s just as loyal. “As long as I keep satisfying them,” he says, “everybody else is going to fall in line.

As a producer, Madlib, quite simply, is music, and ten years into his career–a time when other artists become comfortable–Gibbs remains restless, focused, with an eye on the competition and their position relative to his ascent. This is because mentally, he’s still on the corner hustling, which would be the downfall of the average rapper. Gibbs, however, isn’t average.

“When it comes to the nuts and bolts, the nitty gritty of this shit, flat-out spitting verse for verse,” he says. “Niggas ain’t on my level.” –Ronnie Reese, January 2014

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Thuggin EP
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Shame EP
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper EP
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Knicks Remix EP
Pinata Instrumentals

Freddie Gibbs photo by Peter Beste

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Pinata on tour

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib — March 11, 2014 | Comments (9)

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Pinata album drops March 18. They’re doing a few shows: just played Chicago & Denver, and they hit NYC, San Francisco and L.A. this month. Thanks to Jesse Lirola for the photos! Check out the T-shirt by Mason – we’ll have this here at Rappcats at the end of the month.

March 22: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
March 27: San Francisco, CA @ 103 Harriet
March 28: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

Madlib solo dates:

March 15: SXSW @ The North Day (Stones Throw Showcase)
March 21: Boston @ Middle East Downstairs
April 10: Ghent @ Vooruit
April 11: Milan at some festival or somethin’
April 17: Dublin @ Sugar Club
April 19: London – Soundcrash at Koko

Freddie solo dates up at freddiegibbs.com

Random: March 3rd

Egon, Madlib, Now-Again — March 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Madlib in Japan with Now-Again and a couple from Black Wax Digger.

Snoop Dogg – Cadillacs – prod. by Madlib

Madlib, Snoop Dogg — February 27, 2014 | Comments (11)

Snoop Dogg prod. by Madlib. “Cadillacs” is a track off the mixtape Thats My Work Vol. 3 hosted by DJ Drama, dropping at 4:20PM today, west coast time, February 27.

2014 Update … here’s another.

Madlib x Thundercat x Miguel Atwood-Ferguson x Gaslamp Killer

Madlib — January 1, 2014 | Comments (12)

New Years Eve: Madlib x Thundercat x Miguel Atwood-Ferguson x Gaslamp Killer, photo by Jamie Strong. Happy 2014.

Video: Madlib in the Radio France record library

Madlib — December 27, 2013 | Comments (31)

Madlib was invited to dig through the record library at Radio France during his recent trip to Paris. In this video he talks with Laura Leishman about a few of the records, and his own influences.

Photos: Beat Konducta in Paris | Thanks: Laura Leishman, Discoth

Madlib – Rock Konducta 1 LP

Madlib — December 5, 2013 | Comments (11)

NOW SHIPPING AT RAPPCATS.COM: MADLIB – ROCK KONDUCTA PT. 1 LP

The full 50+ track album Rock Konducta comes out July 15, 2014.

Rock Konducta is the latest in Madlib’s instrumental “Beat Konducta” series, the producer’s raw hip-hop beat tapes brought to life. Previous titles include Movie Scenes and Beat Konducta in India, imaginary film soundtracks; the self-decriptive A Tribute to J Dilla;the Beat Konducta in Africa inspired by the Zambian “Zamrock” music scene of the ’70s.

The latest album finds it’s inspiration in various worldwide underground rock scenes from the 1960s through the 80s: American psychedelia, Germany’s Krautrock, acid-soaked Spanish prog-rock and synthy, early-80s oddities. Tied together by Madlib’s unique sensibility, these music scenes coalesce into a new whole.

Album cover: half high-gloss white, half filthy. Design by Jeff Jank.
Pitchfork: Madlib “Hold the Organ” from Rock Konducta v.1 LP


Beat Konducta in Paris – photos by Edwige Hamben

Egon, Madlib — November 14, 2013 | Comments (65)

Updated | Madlib did a surprise show in Paris last week at Mellow Bar with Egon and Blackjoy. We announced it here just a few hours ahead of time. A bunch of people made it in and had a good time, while others didn’t make it in and left us messages not fit for publication. Big thanks to Edwige Hamben for the photos.





Madlib with Benji B on BBC Radio 1

Madlib joined Benji B in the studio for an extremely rare interview and an hour long DJ mix.

Last night in London…

Egon, Madlib, MF DOOM — November 5, 2013 | Comments (6)

Last night we announced a last-minute Madlib show in London at Dance Tunnel.

With support from One Handed Music’s Paul White, Mr Beatnick, Radio 1?s Benji B, and Now-Again’s Egon, an hour before the doors opened the queue stretched half-way down Kingsland Road. Those who did get in were treated by two impressive special guests: Madlib collaborator MF DOOM, and another collaborator of yet-to-be-released works, Mos Def. (Sorry. We’re suppose to call him Yasiin Bey.)

You can watch a Vine of Mos Def spitting over Madlib below, courtesy of Mr. Beatnick. Thanks also to Fact Mag for shouting out the show.

MED + Blu + Mayer Hawthorne + Madlib – “THE BUZZ”

Madlib, MED — November 4, 2013 | Comments (14)

MED + Blu, featuring Mayer Hawthorne “The Buzz” (produced by Madlib)

Released on 12-inch single with Dam-Funk on the flip side: two vocal tracks, bonus beat, instrumentals & a cappella. Stones Throw & Fat Beats have copies on sale.

Madlib – Black Window – from the ROCK KONDUCTA LP

Madlib — October 15, 2013 | Comments (12)

Madlib’s Rock Konducta Vol. 1 LP is here.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper EP

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

12″ EP: FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – DEEPER EP

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.

http://www.waxpoetics.com/wax-poetics-magazine/issue-56

Madlib – Pill Jar LP

Madlib — August 4, 2013 | Comments (27)

ON SALE: MADLIB – PILL JAR

We put together a short collection of tracks from Madlib Medicine Show #1-13 called Pill Jar, presented here as a free download from Rappcats.com. The collection has now been expanded to 20 tracks and pressed onto limited edition vinyl. Featured artists include: DOOM, J Dilla, Karriem Riggins, James Poyser, Guilty Simpson. Artwork by Rogerio Puhl, design by Jeff Jank.

You can still download the original 8-track collection here: Madlib Medicine Show: Pill Jar

In the house: Freddie & Madlib's City 45

On Sale: Freddie Gibbs Madlib Karriem Riggins – City (7-inch single)

Our vinyl for Freddie Gibbs, Madlib & Karriem Riggins limited edition “City” 45 have just come in from our pressing plant. Orders begin shipping immediately.