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Otis Jackson Jr. (born October 24, 1973), known professionally as Madlib, is an American DJ, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and rapper. He is one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed hip hop producers of the 2000s and has collaborated with different hip hop artists, under a variety of pseudonyms, including with MF DOOM (as Madvillain), as well as the late J Dilla
J Dilla
(as Jaylib). Madlib
Madlib
has described himself as a "DJ first, producer second, and MC last,"[1][2] and he has done several projects as a DJ, mixer, or remixer.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Music career

2.1 1993–1998: Early career 2.2 1999–2009: Stones Throw Records 2.3 2010–present: Madlib
Madlib
Invazion, Madlib
Madlib
Medicine Show

3 Musical style and influences 4 Partial discography 5 References

5.1 Bibliography

6 External links

Early life[edit] Madlib
Madlib
was born in Oxnard, California
Oxnard, California
to musician parents Otis Jackson, Sr. and Dora Sinesca Jackson. He sampled his first song at 11 years old. A song that he got from his fathers collection [3] His younger brother is the producer and rapper Michael 'Oh No' Jackson.[4] His uncle is the jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis. He was raised in Oxnard, where he began his music career. Music career[edit] 1993–1998: Early career[edit] In the early 1990s, Madlib
Madlib
formed a loose-knit collective composed of rappers that worked with Madlib
Madlib
in his Oxnard-based "Crate Diggas Palace" studio.[5] This collective was composed primarily of his friends, and became known as CDP. Madlib's first commercially released music was production for the rap group Tha Alkaholiks in 1993. He went on to record music of his own with the group Lootpack. Their 12-inch EP "Ill Psyche Move," was released by Madlib's father in 1995 on a label also called Crate Diggas Palace. This record caught the attention of Peanut Butter Wolf, founder of the Stones Throw Records label, who signed the group in 1998.

Madlib
Madlib
at Stones Throw Records
Stones Throw Records
special, December 4, 2005

1999–2009: Stones Throw Records[edit] The Lootpack's 1999 debut album Soundpieces: Da Antidote ushered in a string of releases on Stones Throw centering on Madlib's production work which would continue for a decade. His first solo work, under the guise of Quasimoto, The Unseen, came in 2000. The album was met with critical acclaim, named by Spin Magazine
Spin Magazine
as one of the top 20 albums of the year.[6] In 2001, Madlib
Madlib
moved away from hip-hop music and began a series of releases from Yesterdays New Quintet, a Jazz-based, hip-hop and electronic-influenced quintet made up of alter egos or fictional musicians played by Madlib. Over the next several years, through several record releases on Stones Throw and other labels, the growing number of pseudonyms and fictional players came to be known as Yesterdays Universe.[7] Madlib
Madlib
was later invited to remix tracks from the Blue Note Records
Blue Note Records
archive in 2003, which he released as Shades of Blue. In addition to the remixes, the album contained newly recorded interpretations of Blue Note originals, many of which were credited to members of Yesterdays New Quintet. Beginning with the 2007 album The Funky Side of Life by Yesterdays New Quintet spinoff group Sound Directions, the Yesterdays Universe
Yesterdays Universe
also began incorporating additional session musicians who were not pseudonyms of Madlib. Returning to hip-hop music in 2003, Madlib
Madlib
announced two collaborative projects. Working with the late hip hop producer J Dilla, the duo known as Jaylib
Jaylib
released Champion Sound. The other was Madlib's collaboration with rapper MF Doom, known together as Madvillain. Their 2004 Madvillainy
Madvillainy
album was highly anticipated and well-received, topping many critics' year-end lists.[8] The 2005 Quasimoto album, The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
was accepted well[9] and continued the Quasimoto tradition of using vocal samples from Melvin Van Peebles, who is credited on the album liner notes as a collaborator. Throughout the rest of the decade Madlib
Madlib
continued to release jazz material simultaneously with his hip hop work: Perseverance with Percee P, Liberation with Talib Kweli, Sujinho
Sujinho
with Ivan Conti of Azymuth, his own instrumental hip-hop series "Beat Konducta", "In Search of Stoney Jackson" with Strong Arm Steady, "OJ Simpson" with Guilty Simpson, and production work for several artists such as Erykah Badu and De La Soul.

Madlib
Madlib
and J Rocc in Cologne/Germany 2003

2010–present: Madlib
Madlib
Invazion, Madlib
Madlib
Medicine Show[edit] In 2010, Madlib
Madlib
announced his own imprint called Madlib
Madlib
Invazion, formed to release a music series called Madlib
Madlib
Medicine Show.[10] The series would ultimately take over two years to complete, culminating with 13 album releases and several vinyl-only EPs, spanning hip-hop, jazz, remixes, and multi-genre DJ mix tapes. The label has continued to release records outside of the original series. Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs
and Madlib
Madlib
announced plans for a collaboration album late in 2011 with the release of an EP titled Thuggin. A second EP titled Shame followed on June 22, 2012. A third EP titled Deeper was released on September 24, 2013. The duo's collaboration album Piñata was later released to critical acclaim on March 18, 2014. Madlib
Madlib
produced "Cadillacs" with Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
for his mixtape That's My Work Volume 3, released on February 27, 2014.[11] In a 2010 interview with LA Weekly, Madlib
Madlib
stated that Kanye West
Kanye West
put five of his beats on hold for the album he was working on at the time.[12] While none of the beats were used, Madlib
Madlib
did take part in the recording sessions for the album, which evolved from Good Ass Job to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.[13] He was also rumored to be a part of West's collaboration album with Jay-Z
Jay-Z
entitled Watch the Throne but ultimately was not.[14] West was interviewed as part of the 2014 Stones Throw documentary film Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, in which he opens up about working with Madlib
Madlib
and wanting more of his beats for future projects.[15] On January 18, 2016, West released the Madlib-produced "No More Parties in L.A." featuring Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
on SoundCloud
SoundCloud
as part of his GOOD Fridays series.[16] According to reports, the track originated from the recording sessions for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
in 2010.[17] West also recited a few lines from the track in the Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton interview.[15] "No More Parties in L.A." appears on his seventh album, which underwent several name changes; So Help Me God, SWISH, Waves and finally The Life of Pablo, released on February 12, 2016. West also hinted at the possibility of future collaborations with Madlib
Madlib
via Twitter
Twitter
thanking him for sending over six beat CDs.[18] Musical style and influences[edit] During an interview on Chrome Children, Madlib
Madlib
stated that his most significant musical influences include Miles Davis, Sun Ra
Sun Ra
and David Axelrod. Some of his rap influences are Large Professor, Marley Marl, Paul C, DJ Pooh and Dr. Dre. Partial discography[edit] Main article: Madlib
Madlib
discography

Solo albums

The Unseen (2000) (as Quasimoto) Shades of Blue (2003) (remix tracks from the Blue Note Records archive) Theme for a Broken Soul
Theme for a Broken Soul
(2004) (as DJ Rels) The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
(2005) (as Quasimoto) WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip (2008) Yessir Whatever
Yessir Whatever
(2013) (as Quasimoto) Piñata Beats (2014) Rock Konducta
Rock Konducta
Part 1 & Part 2 (2014) The Beats (Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton Soundtrack) (2014)

Collaborative albums

Soundpieces: Da Antidote (1999) (with Wildchild and DJ Romes, as Lootpack) Champion Sound
Champion Sound
(2003) (with J Dilla, as Jaylib) Madvillainy
Madvillainy
(2004) (with MF Doom, as Madvillain) Liberation (2007) (with Talib Kweli, as Liberation) Perseverance (2007) (with Percee P) Sujinho
Sujinho
(2008) (with Ivan Conti, as Jackson Conti) Madvillainy
Madvillainy
2: The Madlib
Madlib
Remix (2008) (with MF Doom, as Madvillain) O. J. Simpson (album)
O. J. Simpson (album)
(2010) (with Guilty Simpson) In Search of Stoney Jackson
In Search of Stoney Jackson
(2010) (with Strong Arm Steady) Piñata (2014) (with Freddie Gibbs, as MadGibbs) Trouble Knows Me (2015) (with Hemlock Ernst) Bad Neighbor (2015) (with MED and Blu)

References[edit]

^ Aziri (2002). ^ Mugshot Magazine, Vol 2, Issue 3, 2003 ^ Taylor, Ken. " Madlib
Madlib
Biography". Musician Biographies. Net Industries. Retrieved 2008-08-15.  ^ Oh No Talks About His Albums, Having Madlib
Madlib
as an Older Brother, Working with Alchemist & MF Doom
MF Doom
– XXL. Xxlmag.com (June 27, 2012). Retrieved on 2014-05-12. ^ "History of the Loop Digga". Retrieved 2012-09-29.  ^ "Spin Magazine: Year End Lists". Rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-05.  ^ "Yesterdays New Quintet". Retrieved 2012-09-29.  ^ "Madvillain: Madvillainy
Madvillainy
(2004): Reviews". Metacritic.com. December 15, 2009. Retrieved 2013-10-05.  ^ "Quasimoto: The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
(2005): Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05.  ^ " Madlib
Madlib
Medicine Show". Retrieved 2012-09-29.  ^ Ortiz, Edwin (27 February 2014). " Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
Is Steady Cruising In "Cadillacs," with Madlib
Madlib
Riding Shotgun". Complex. Retrieved 12 February 2016.  ^ Weiss, Jeff (24 June 2010). "The Madlib
Madlib
Mystique". LA Weekly. Retrieved 12 February 2016.  ^ Harling, Danielle (25 June 2010). " Madlib
Madlib
Says Kanye West
Kanye West
Requested Beats For "Good Ass Job"". HipHopDX. Retrieved 12 February 2016.  ^ Jacobs, A. (25 September 2010). "Pete Rock and Q-Tip Production Confirmed On Jay-Z
Jay-Z
& Kanye West's "Watch The Throne"". HipHopDX. Retrieved 12 February 2016.  ^ a b Newman, Jason (28 May 2014). " Kanye West
Kanye West
Talks Dilla, Creating 'Wrong Music' in Stones Throw Doc". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 February 2016.  ^ " Kanye West
Kanye West
– "No More Parties in L.A." feat. Kendrick Lamar, prod. by Madlib". Stones Throw Records. Retrieved 12 February 2016.  ^ Ortiz, Edwin (8 January 2016). " Kanye West
Kanye West
Recorded "No More Parties in LA" With Madlib
Madlib
During the 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' Sessions". Complex. Retrieved 12 February 2016.  ^ Leight, Elias (22 January 2016). " Kanye West
Kanye West
Hints At More Madlib Collaborations". The Fader. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 

Bibliography[edit]

" Madlib
Madlib
– Official Discography". Stones Throw Records. Retrieved 2010-05-06.  Blanning, Lisa (August 2009). "The crate mass experiment". The Wire. The Wire Magazine (306): 33. ISSN 0952-0686. Retrieved 2010-05-09.  Madlib, Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli
(October 27, 2007). BET Rap City Interview With Madlib
Madlib
(Adobe Flash). Black Entertainment Television. Retrieved 2010-05-09.  Aziri, Jon (January 20, 2002). "Tight Lipped". Wax Poetics. Wax Poetics (1). ISSN 1537-8241. Retrieved 2010-05-09.  DiGenti, Brian (February 8, 2004). "Blunted on Beats". Wax Poetics. Wax Poetics (8). ISSN 1537-8241. Retrieved 2010-05-09.  Madlib, Eothen Alapatt (2002). Madlib
Madlib
– King of the Beats (Adobe Flash). São Paulo: Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 

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Madlib

Discography

Studio albums

as Madlib

WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip

as Quasimoto

The Unseen The Further Adventures of Lord Quas Yessir Whatever

as DJ Rels

Theme for a Broken Soul

as Yesterdays New Quintet

Angles Without Edges Stevie A Tribute to Brother Weldon The Funky Side of Life Yesterdays Universe Miles Away Slave Riot Space & Time

Series

Beat Konducta

Vol. 0: Earth Sounds Vol. 1-2: Movie Scenes Vol. 3-4: Beat Konducta
Beat Konducta
in India Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to… (Dil Cosby and Dil Withers Suite)

Mind Fusion

Mind Fusion Vol. 1 Mind Fusion Vol. 2 Mind Fusion Vol. 3 Mind Fusion Vol. 4 Mind Fusion Vol. 5

Madlib
Madlib
Medicine Show

#1: Before the Verdict #2: Flight to Brazil #3: Beat Konducta
Beat Konducta
in Africa #4: 420 Chalice All-Stars #5: History of The Loop Digga, 1990–2000 #6: The Brain Wreck Show #7: High Jazz #8: Advanced Jazz #9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville #10: Black Soul #11: Low Budget High Fi Music #12: Raw Medicine ( Madlib
Madlib
Remixes) #13: Black Tape

Rock Konducta

Rock Konducta
Rock Konducta
Pt. 1 Rock Konducta
Rock Konducta
Pt. 2

Remix albums

Shades of Blue

Extended plays

Madlib
Madlib
Invazion Madlib
Madlib
Remixes Rock Konducta
Rock Konducta
45 Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: The Beats

Singles

"Microphone Mathematics" "Bullysh!t"/"Seasons Change"

Collaborations

Soundpieces: Da Antidote Champion Sound Madvillainy Liberation Perseverance Sujinho Madvillainy
Madvillainy
2: The Madlib
Madlib
Remix In Search of Stoney Jackson O.J. Simpson Thuggin' Shame Deeper Piñata Knicks (Remix) Trouble Knows Me Bad Neighbor

Compilations

Blunted in the Bomb Shelter Madlib
Madlib
Medicine Show: The Brick Madlib
Madlib
Medicine Show: Pill Jar

Related articles

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Madlib
Invazion Lootpack Quasimoto Madvillain

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