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Madlib, Mind Fusion — July 1, 2020 | Comments (52)

July 1, 2020 – Our dead stock copies of Mind Fusion Vol. 1-3 are SOLD OUT

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. Each of these were made for various tours or informal events. Aside from a small re-pressing of Vol. 1 & 2, none were repressed. None are commercially available.

Vol. 1 and Vol. 4 contain production from Madlib. Vol. 2 is a jazz mix. Vol. 3 and Vol. 5 are mixes of records from around the world. Each mix has a minimal or incomplete track list and a descriptive subtitle. The package for each CD was made by Jeff Jank, utilizing scans of paintings by Manuel Ocampo.

Years after this series Madlib created another Mind Fusion called African Earwax, a CD-R release with hand-drawn artwork by Jason Jagel. About 50 of these were made and sold at Jagel’s art show at Rappcats in 2015.

Audio, Photos, Track list for each mix:

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 – Mind Fusion: African Earwax


  1. who’s the artist?

    Comment by coryp — May 5, 2009, 2:04 pm
  2. which one has all those wu tang remixes on it?

    Comment by alf — May 5, 2009, 2:16 pm
  3. i need Vol. 1 and 2, where can i buy?

    Comment by LB — May 5, 2009, 2:40 pm
  4. four years ago i drove 600 miles (sac to socal) to pick up vol 1 and 2

    Comment by dd — May 5, 2009, 3:08 pm
  5. sun ra and beat konducta skipped out on WWII together

    Comment by JackKlompis — May 5, 2009, 3:23 pm
  6. i got all but vol. 3 – hope i can still dig it up, as the other four are epic.

    Comment by skfl — May 5, 2009, 3:44 pm
  7. Yo. Those album artworks are insane!

    Comment by Franky — May 5, 2009, 4:32 pm
  8. Where can I get this? It needs to be in my collection.

    Comment by crazyjoe-batman — May 5, 2009, 4:57 pm
  9. Man talk about setting the bar…a whole library…dag..

    Comment by dj wally wonder — May 5, 2009, 6:19 pm
  10. Fuck. This is ridiculous!

    Comment by Nutsack — May 5, 2009, 7:32 pm
  11. dope cd’s and LOL @ “he was 3/4 african american and 1/4 blazed”


    Comment by C. Kian — May 5, 2009, 8:31 pm
  12. ayo, how can i copp these??

    Comment by D. Dee blacc — May 6, 2009, 3:38 am
  13. Thanks for this post! It’s been a while since i’ve been looking for this tracklisting! Is there anyone who got the playlist for the Volume 3 & 5?

    Comment by Nomade — May 6, 2009, 9:32 am
  14. Vol. 3 & 5 can be found on the back of a milk carton.

    Comment by cisconyc — May 6, 2009, 9:52 am
  15. I believe that’s trumpeter and Sound Directions collaborator Todd Simon on the Do-Over Set contained in Mind Fusion Vol. 5

    Comment by freeformer — May 6, 2009, 10:26 am
  16. Indeed… It would be nice to know where it is possible to get those CDs. It’s nice to see the pics and the track listings, but if we don’t know where to buy the CDs, I wonder what’s the use of all of this. Thanks!

    Comment by Krissserz — May 6, 2009, 10:35 am
  17. Been wondering about these for a while.

    Comment by Magnus — May 6, 2009, 12:31 pm
  18. funny how much german words are placed on the covers. for example on mind fusion 3 “scheiss leben” means fucked up life. 🙂

    Comment by bulb — May 6, 2009, 2:38 pm
  19. Some of these are on amazon uk / some on sounds of the universe. So not all that underground then? Still sick tho

    Comment by SigFlo — May 7, 2009, 1:42 am
  20. for the love or everything that is holy i still have not found out what the “unknown” track is @11:47 on the 2nd mind fusion. i would sincerley love to know

    Comment by jbi057 — May 7, 2009, 4:08 pm
  21. jbi057, you’re not the only one — i compiled that tracklist a few posts up on a couple of sites trying to track that song (along with a couple others). something about “photographs”, sounds like dude has a portuguese accent (brazilian)? some have said mark murphy but i’m almost certain it’s not.

    Comment by aka — May 8, 2009, 1:47 am
  22. I too have heard that the “Photographs” song is Mark Murphy. Would love to know for sure.

    What the hell is that sample @ the very beginning of Mind Fusion 1 with the chick singing? thats what I wanna know!

    Comment by Smawgg Breff — May 8, 2009, 9:30 am
  23. i got vols. one and two….and they are ill! i took me awhile to locate them but it was worth the hunt. vols. three, four, and five, i have yet to find. stonesthrow or cdp need to make these available somehow somewhere because these sets are ill!

    Comment by thetzone — May 8, 2009, 7:46 pm
  24. anyone got a tracklisting for vol 5? i’ve been trying to id the track starting @ 3:00 for ages!

    Comment by laszlo colombani — May 11, 2009, 8:09 am
  25. you gotsta reissue this shit- vol. 4 is one of the dopest madlib albums ive heard, this is a tease!

    Comment by Dan Moto — May 12, 2009, 5:52 am
  26. Does anyone know who is singing the first song on track 7 of Mind Fusion Vol.3? It’s starts off like ” All the colors are changing, autumn is here”. Very smooth track, perfect for making babies to.

    Comment by Catfish — May 13, 2009, 9:44 pm
  27. Where can I get these? Haven’t heard any of them, but madlib is one of the most brilliant music minds this side of the century so I have no doubt this is gonna blow. please, info.

    Comment by B3 — May 15, 2009, 9:21 am
  28. thanks for the input guys. i too have heard it was mark murphy but to find that song is seemingly impossible. does he say “photographs” or “phonographs”? i think the latter is more applicable. i’m not convinced till i see it for myself.

    Comment by jbi057 — May 16, 2009, 1:05 am
  29. oh that “photographs” song. yeah that’s bad ass. it’s a little rare now… as a track, you’ll be able to find it on “the spinning wheel of jazz 2” on the defunct german label spinning wheel. however, the actual album is from the czech republic and is called “ne

    Comment by opSN — May 19, 2009, 6:45 pm
  30. I love the mind fusion sessions- all of them. I dig the crates Madlib has unearthed. Can’t wait for some new volumes. Anyone know anything about any release dates- if any?

    Comment by dandefan — June 3, 2009, 8:15 pm
  31. what songs are mixed on mind fusion vol 3 the track titled “madlib” anyone know?!?!?!?

    Comment by petenocs123 — June 3, 2009, 10:16 pm
  32. does ANYONE know what song is at 7:25 on the first track of volume 2?”doo dooo hooo, to find another love like this..hoo hoooo doobydoobydo doooo”???

    Comment by D'znuhts — June 4, 2009, 11:21 am
  33. yooo soo james brown funked it all up

    Comment by hector — June 28, 2009, 11:47 am
  34. D’znuhts’ question, it’s Human Egg

    Comment by Munoz Man — August 5, 2009, 1:26 pm
  35. I’m looking for two track names from Vol. 5 … Live @ the Do-Over … the two 80s funk songs begining at 10:08. Anybody know?

    Comment by Nick Foster — August 21, 2009, 4:59 pm
  36. Looking forward to Mind Fusion Volume 6 and Mind Fusion Volume 7

    When are they coming?

    Comment by Todd Johnson — September 15, 2009, 8:47 pm
  37. Todd Johnson: the Mind Fusion series is over, there will be no 6 & 7. Madlib Medicine Show begins next.

    Comment by admin — November 23, 2009, 12:14 pm
  38. crazy shit!! dude is insane with his music!! makes u want to smash your mp up against the wall and watch all the colorful fucking butterflies fly out of it!

    Comment by enlil — November 25, 2009, 11:25 pm
  39. What song is madlib steal this beat on

    Comment by ANdrew — November 27, 2009, 8:40 pm
  40. The song used on “steal this beat” is Minnie Ripperton “Oh, By the way” on the Come to my garden LP.

    Comment by Thierry — December 1, 2009, 12:05 pm
  41. comin to this party waaaay too late… but worth a shot!
    volume 3, 9 minutes in… WHO IS THAT? the horns and the ‘ba dop dop a dye-A’ vocals… I need to know or I will die alone. goddamn…

    Comment by Jahzinho — January 19, 2010, 5:58 pm
  42. Does anyone know if the very first beat used on the intro of Vol. 1 is an MF Doom beat? It’s drivin me crazy trying to find it…

    Comment by RBRAVO — January 29, 2010, 12:46 pm
  43. @rbravo — of course it aint. Madlib wouldnt use a Doom beat.

    Comment by Graves — January 29, 2010, 12:56 pm
  44. @jahzinho The vocal track I THINK you’re talking about is “Kwanzaa” by Karma

    Comment by Munoz Man — February 6, 2010, 7:57 pm
  45. @ GRAVES – you positive about that!?… How much Madlib do you have? And if it isn’t Doom, then what beat is it?…

    Comment by RBRAVO — February 24, 2010, 12:29 am
  46. Rbravo — It’s a MADLIB beat! like all of the others on the record.

    Comment by Graves — February 24, 2010, 8:25 am
  47. i have all but 5 and im not stopping until i get it! this guy is the greatest!!

    Comment by j sand — March 5, 2010, 9:37 am
  48. Can someone tell me where I can buy Vol 2 ???… I am stuck in the South (Atlanta) Cali native : and I would love to purchase

    Comment by Leslie B — July 23, 2010, 5:55 am
  49. does anyone know the title and composer of the first tune on ‘Dirty Crates from around the world’ on Mind Fusion Vol. 5?? It’s really groovy but I can’t find out what’s the original record!! Thanks a lot!

    Comment by Stijn from NL! — May 29, 2011, 2:37 pm
  50. Nick, first funk track is Ritchie Family – I’ll Do My Best (For You Baby) [12″ Inch]. Still trying to find the other one.

    Comment by 5is6 — October 12, 2011, 10:17 pm
  51. how the fuck do I get a hold of these.

    Comment by loafmcloaferson — April 13, 2012, 12:20 pm
  52. The artwork is by Manuel Ocampo.

    His work is also featured on Beck’s Odelay, as someone already said, but it’s not by Al Hansen.

    Comment by Nickle Banks — June 10, 2013, 12:51 pm

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