Quasimoto
The Unseen


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cam EMERITUS
March 29th, 2009 | 81 replies | 9,584 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: money hungry bitches

Otis Jackson Jr. (Madlib) is a bad character. He’s built up a formidable career out of collaborating with supervillains, clan members, and guilty men, all of whom being characters even worse than Madlib himself, and then there’s his solo works, which plagiarizes (samples) hard-working and sadly obscure jazz artists of yesteryear without any mercy whatsoever. And then there’s the issue of passing out poison apples to children and smacking niggas with bricks. Point is, Jackson is a bad motherfucker, but as the years have passed and Quasimoto, his chipmunk-voiced alter-ego, becomes recent history, it seems that our man’s badassness is sadly fading. Even the villains he works with nowadays seem quite a bit less villainous.

Perhaps this the reason that The Unseen, Jackson’s debut under the Quasimoto pseudonym, has aged so well. Recorded in 2000 during a week-long psilocybin mushroom binge, the album was completely revolutionary; no one had heard anything like Jackson’s abstract, sparse, and distorted production. Heavy on obscure jazz samples and dreamy loops, The Unseen is a fragmented and often difficult work, but not so difficult that any enjoyment is trimmed. In fact, with the right psychoactive chemical, you’ll have more enjoyment listening to this than possibly anything else.

The Unseen spans twenty-four tracks, and each one is weird, obscene, and entertaining. Your average Unseen song features seemingly left-field vocal samples, psychedelic and almost lush production, and verses that pop in and out at random, the whole thing never lasting any longer than four minutes, at most three. All that’s considered to be traditional, in terms of song structure, is thrown to the wind. Melodies drift in and out; songs are constantly changing and more progressive than their length may suggest, and they end abruptly, the next three-minute jingle starting before you even know it.

Quasimoto’s albums are notable for the tinkering Jackson does with his verses, manipulating them to a pitch an octave higher than any self-respecting rapper would ever spit at. In short, Jackson sounds like a chipmunk on The Unseen. Or a demonic child. It’s something that should be dismissed as gimmicky, but this ‘helium effect’ actually contributes to The Unseen’s whole left-field aesthetic. And if you’re looking for something left-field, something that deviates from the stagnant norm of what’s become hip-hop, you’ll find great solace in this impressive debut. Just make sure you pack a bowl first.



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joshuatree
Emeritus
March 29th 2009



3743 Comments


dude

foreverendeared
March 29th 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this has been on my list to get for some time now. really great review

username345
March 29th 2009



594 Comments


The album's OK but his voice annoys me.

robin
Emeritus
March 29th 2009



4248 Comments


probably will get. seems like a lot to stomach tho.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 29th 2009



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good stuff. this is better than 05's Lord Quas. nice work cameron.

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 29th 2009



3743 Comments


thanks soby, and yeah that other quas album is pretty lameThis Message Edited On 03.29.09

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2009



17920 Comments


nice avatar

pixiesfanyo
March 29th 2009



1222 Comments


other album rules. this album is a classic.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 29th 2009



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i think it's pretty great, but not as good as this. i wouldn't say this is a classic, but i did like it a ton back when i'd meditate organically on a regular basis.

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
March 29th 2009



862 Comments


Really cool album. Bit much to get through though. And chipmunk is perfect.

gaslightanthem
March 29th 2009



5209 Comments


This is good but gets on my nerves too quick.

sgrevs
March 29th 2009



698 Comments


Album is awesome. Nice review.

scyther
March 29th 2009



1606 Comments


The other day Mr. Buddha had this plan
Kick brands so the whole crew could expand
They all wanted me to drive the getaway car
I was like fuck it, I ain't got no dough anyway
They started to plant in my garage
As they get large
Start to gather the entourage
My niggaz straight hit the bank
With so much money you couldn't even get that smell out

ONEdependent
April 30th 2009



5 Comments


This album is a classic,
Period.
http://www.last.fm/music/ONEdependent%2B%2526%2BTaki76
http://radiorecession.blogspot.com/


purplemoscow
May 2nd 2009



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice review, mate. enjoyable album

Xolani
June 1st 2009



1 Comments


Album rating:5

Very nice album The Unseen,Madlib and Quasimoto they complement each other well on this album,Madlib dope producer Vs dope MC Quasimoto on the Mic.This is one of the great album from Quasimoto,tracks like "Bad Character","Return of the Loop Digga","Unseen"...all the track are dope,Classic album

scyther
June 1st 2009



1606 Comments


Madlib and Quasi are the same people.

gaslightanthem
June 1st 2009



5209 Comments


lmao

Shadowed Reflection
November 10th 2009



274 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love this album so much. never gets old, and the voice never got on my nerves at all (despite what I expected). I keep forgetting that it's actually madlib when I listen to it, I just think of the voice as "quas", not "madlib's sped up"

larrytheslug
August 23rd 2013



1315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn i thot the thread for this would be bigger



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