Instrumental hip-hop album in 2 parts
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.