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Intro To Madlib

A quick list for those unfamiliar with Madlib, to coincide with his upcoming release with Freddie Gibbs rtitled "Pinata". I guess this could serve as a personal top 5 as well. A couple of honourable mentions roff the top, Guilty Simpson's "O. J. Simpson" as well as the Beat Konducta Vol. 1-6 series (which I rleft off the list to add variation). Though I often revisit, and attempt enjoying, I have yet gotten into rthe Quasimoto albums. Like most who have a hard time, the vocals don't do it for me. Enjoy. rComment. Be nice.
WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip

This is probably the best starting point when getting into Madlib. As most of the albums on this list, it is entirely produced by Madlib and features guests from the Stones Throw record label. It's also a good way to be introduced to some excellent, lesser known hip hop acts.
4Talib Kweli and Madlib

What makes this album so strong in my opinion is it's briefness. It's about a half hour long, and is so enjoyable from start to finish. There is no filler whatsoever on this album. I notice this album is often forgotten when discussing Talib's body of work. I do believe this is one of his stronger projects. The chemistry between these two is incredible.
Shades of Blue

If you love this album, the Beat Konducta series mentioned in the description is for you. Though this album is made up entirely of remixed jazz pieces, the Beat Konducta series is Madlib as we know him best. I feel like this album is the perfect background music for endless scenarios; Sunday morning, rainy afternoon, summery outdoors, late night drinks, etc...
Champion Sound

Half Dilla. Half Madlib. Simple as that. Each producer rhymes over the other producer's beats. When listening to this album you can't help but hear the fun these guys had recording. Neither Dilla, nor Madlib's word game is top notch on this album. I've cherished that most however, because in the end they are producers over all else. I found the rhymes to be more comedic. At times they even seem meaningless, only there to play over the instrumentals, and give listeners an idea of what vocals they envisioned over each beat. "Champion Sound" is offered as an Instrumental only album, though I highly recommend the full experience before hand.

Of course it's #1 on the list. This is the most praised Madlib project. It's also arguably MF DOOM's best work as an MC. When this album was first released listening to it as a whole was like being force-fed. Of course nobody will ever say that because it's a classic and "everyone should love it because it's a perfect 10!" It is damn near perfect, but it can be a difficult listen at first. This gem, like most timeless albums, is an absolute grower. If you haven't fully grasped the idea, TRY AGAIN. The cohesion on "Madvillainy" is one that makes this a true, well-thought concept album. A 2nd Madvillain album has been indefinitely put on hold, which means there were/are intentions of a follow up to this album. I'd rather let this classic live as a standalone album, and hear Madlib and DOOM collaborate on other projects to avoid doing any damages to the Madvillain name.
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