Madlib’s five-volume mixtape series, Mind Fusion, was released 2004-2007. These CD releases bare no label or address, just the name “Madlib” designed like the Tamla Records logo. One suspects they are outlaw. Some have suggested they were printed by an arm of the Aum Supreme Truth Cult in Japan, but no solid proof exists to support this claim.
Volume 1 and Volume 4 contain production from Madlib. Volume 2 is a jazz mix. Volume 3 and Volume 5 are mixes of records from around the world. Each mix has a minimal or incomplete track list and a descriptive subtitle.
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, and a biography of the Beat Konducta which is likely ficticious.
Volumes 1 & 2 appear to have been repressed because of slightly different color and logo placement between the two editions.
Read detailed description of each by following the links below:
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