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, Discothèque de Radio France & France Inter

Set list:
Chute Libre “Penelope au balcon” (Chute Libre, 1977)
Sun Ra “Door of the cosmos” (Sleeping Beauty, 1979)
Nathan Davis “Theme from Zoltan” (Happy Girl, 1965)
Tha Alkaholiks “Killin’ it” (Likwidation, 1997)
Melvin Van Peebles “Come on feet” (Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, 1971)
Alain Goraguer “Le bracelet” (La Planète Sauvage OST, 1973)
Embryo “Radio Marrakesch / Orient Express” (Steig’ Aus, 1973)
Jay Dee “Featuring Phat Kat / Shake it down” (Welcome 2 Detroit, 2001)

31 Comments »

  1. Awesome!

    Comment by Crawlrawl — December 27, 2013, 8:31 am
  2. Thanks a lot for this. I now know where I need to work. The people working there must be the happiest on earth. Contact me if you need a new librarian ;-) And Madlib… great guy.

    Comment by Thorben — December 27, 2013, 8:32 am
  3. Quality!

    Comment by Phonograph — December 27, 2013, 8:34 am
  4. I formally present an application and résumé for employment there!

    Comment by Anthony Mack — December 27, 2013, 8:54 am
  5. Peinlich.

    Comment by musicman — December 27, 2013, 9:05 am
  6. I love this segment right here. It makes you realize that Mablib is a true lover of music. That is the main reason that I connected with him when I heard his production. Mablib has the uncanny ability to mesh all genres of music together and create some wonderful for the people to listen to.

    Comment by Michael Lindsay — December 27, 2013, 9:18 am
  7. Insightful.

    Comment by Linx — December 27, 2013, 9:30 am
  8. Great episode, a true Hip hop Vinyl producer, sampler, genius, Jazz record lover,
    Great interview, with the Madlib, :)
    thank U
    ghetto vader DJ Producer aka La Jazzy nostra,

    Comment by Ghetto Vader — December 27, 2013, 10:01 am
  9. suu.dope~ thanks guys!

    Comment by Clge — December 27, 2013, 10:18 am
  10. Lovely place to be, feels like home to me. Madlib is a good dude who understands.

    Comment by Lost Perfection — December 27, 2013, 10:19 am
  11. I’m glad you guys put this up, I’m a real Hiphope head and a true fan of Madlib & Jay Dilia. I was listening to there music 6 hours prior to watching this amazing video. I’m also a Beat maker my self. My style is a fresh late 90′s style of Hiphop. Madlib Record collection is like a heaven on earth to me. I can sample from the same records as him and come up with a totally different production. Madlib if you read this, I’d love to network with you.

    Comment by Rick Milice — December 27, 2013, 10:34 am
  12. love how nerdy and excited the girl is to hang w madlib. respekt

    Comment by Caleb — December 27, 2013, 10:37 am
  13. Just Lovely and like a fine wine this level can’t be rushed….. Time… U can’t buy it…. N u can’t get the bass wothout the space….

    Comment by Sybar — December 27, 2013, 10:37 am
  14. Much love on this….

    Comment by Jaemo — December 27, 2013, 11:46 am
  15. Boom…We just got schooled on true head music. Give thanks Madlib!

    Comment by Regan — December 27, 2013, 1:01 pm
  16. Looks like he is in heaven..

    Comment by Beyuz — December 27, 2013, 1:59 pm
  17. Thanks for this

    Comment by Jeremy — December 27, 2013, 4:15 pm
  18. WOOOOO!!! gratitude! much love & respect from chicago. Really glad you did this. Very inspiring. I’ve learned a lot from Madlib, not only from his production, but his knowledge of records/good music, he too is up there with Dilla, that he expresses as a Coltrane or a Miles Davis etc, if there was a way to compare. These individuals are gems, true musicians/prophets who help maintain a balance that seems overshadowed by a cancerous music industry. I really hope that when I visit France, I too can witness such a great library. Much love
    Radius

    Comment by Radius — December 27, 2013, 4:44 pm
  19. Mazing Madlib, me myself use his muscicalities to create my own worlds
    and chase the “bad demons” , jazz is school, and the destiny brought to him this, thats he’s way to share that unknown, egoncentricly self conducted love tu us. I love it.
    thanks for sharing

    Comment by MR Isaac — December 27, 2013, 5:06 pm
  20. Wish madlib gave more interviews like this.

    Comment by ds — December 27, 2013, 9:57 pm
  21. This was real nice. I love me some Madlib, and to think that with all of the projects that he puts out there is still some experimental shit from him that we haven’t heard of yet.

    Comment by keji — December 28, 2013, 3:15 am
  22. So did they actually spin some steely dan or was that a typo?

    Comment by Dan — December 28, 2013, 4:32 pm
  23. Wish Madlib was doing more interviews like this one. Loved it! Anybody knows what’s the hat that he is wearing? is it an adidas?

    Comment by Steve — December 29, 2013, 12:07 am
  24. Madlib is better than DILLA (only because hes still progressing), but dilla is GOD!!!!!!!!

    Comment by travis the chimp — December 30, 2013, 10:18 am
  25. die alte is echt fürn arsch

    Comment by blizzle — January 2, 2014, 6:11 am
  26. DOPE interview/Digging Session. MADLIB is one of my all-time favorites. Such a creative spirit. Its also still very clear, that he misses his boy J-DIlla. The world truly missed out on EPIC YEARS from that dynamic duo. The thoughts of their possible creations are simply mind boggling. I only hope to be as influential in my journey as a music producer. Also, to always evolve as well.

    Comment by Netm8kr — January 3, 2014, 2:23 pm
  27. madlib got her twitchin in her seat… she cant sit still. madlib u skinny barry white. hah

    Comment by jimbrowski — January 11, 2014, 8:48 pm
  28. When rap culture meets jazz origine and fusion jazz…

    Fusion is the key in this World. Madlib knows that for long time now. Fusion is the key but it has to be real. Sorry young lady but you played a role during this interview. Even my 2 boyz told me: Dad, what’s wrong with this girl ? Why is she dodling but not in rythm, like she wants to exagerate and all!

    Apart from that, a nice piece of interview with Madlib being impressed by Radio France archives, diggin & having fun, and explaining some biographical elements of his musical life.

    Thank you Sir for your humble contribution to Music.

    Humble but Damm Funky!

    Comment by Jazj — January 29, 2014, 1:40 pm
  29. ugh. she needs to stop

    Comment by dee hurtz — February 4, 2014, 11:07 pm
  30. Wow, what a nice concept! Merci beaucoup à Radio France! Encore!

    Comment by Ludo — April 10, 2014, 2:21 pm
  31. Hold up a minute, he said his collection is 4 tonnes. So here’s the maths….
    On average a record will weigh up to 180 grams. There are a million grams in a tonne. So……
    100000 / 180 = 5555.xxxxxx
    5555 x 4 = 22,220 meaning he has in excess of 20 thousand records WTF?!?!?!?!

    Comment by Dafunck — August 29, 2014, 11:14 am

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