Lootpack
Soundpieces: Da Antidote!


3.5
great

Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (17 Reviews)
May 18th, 2010 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Great, would be better if the guests would just take over the album. Nevertheless, Madlib is an elite producer.

Raw and grimy hip hop was notably absent in 1999, two years following the death of the legendary B.I.G. Despite that, Madlib and Wildchild come together attempting to create hip hop along the vein of the battle rap and revive the ‘real hip hop’ through their group Lootpack. This was before Madlib was renowned as a virtuosic producer for MC’s like DOOM and Guilty Simpson, and back when him and Wildchild still had heavy affiliation with Tha Alkaholiks, a rap group dominated by the fun loving Tash. Ultimately, the album that the duo came to create was Soundpieces: Da Antidote, a record that is much more of a testament to Madlib’s production ability than either of the members MCing ability.

How is this? Well, Madlib and Wildchild, despite their knowledge-ability and notable effort, show that as MC’s, they are entirely one dimensional. They rap about one subject, demolishing wack MC’s. As usual, they try to front as them being knowledgable, but it rarely covers up anything because both of the rappers sound genuinely awkward over beats, PERIOD. Madlib’s half mush-mouthed/half sing-song delivery and gravely voice sort of clash, and most attempts Madlib tries to push out a punchline fall apart. Wildchild is a generic syllable cruncher: every time he finds an ill rhyme, he skews it with extra words, cluttering his verses. At that point, it becomes abundantly clear that Madlib and Wildchild are always outshined by all of their infinitely more lovable MCs, even by the Dilated Peoples on “Long Awaited”!

So the MCing is kind of awkward, even it’s well-written, what’s the real positive of Soundpieces: Da Antidote? Madlib as a producer, even his amateur-ish ways of that day, was a beast even in 1999. In “Long Awaited” and “Wanna Test”, Madlib utilizes soul samples that would later by used by later ‘acclaimed producers’ like Kanye West. The beats sound like a mixture of the thick, workmanlike funk characteristic of Tha Alkaholiks, mixed with obtuse choices for samples that are either looped within (“Whenimondamic”), or used AS the instrumental (“Answers”). Madlib knows when to flip a conversational sample, and start scratching. Timing is key in showing off of DJ skills, and Madlib has perfected this art along with many others.

Guests drop by and spit ill ***, and the Lootpack sound much more comfortable. The beats groove, spasm, and do whatever Madlib wants them to, and that’s where Soundpieces: Da Antidote works. It’s a great release, classic in terms of production, but Madlib and Wildchild just aren’t too good rappers. One dimensional, funky musical fun is what’s here for sale, and it’s selling like hot cakes. You should probably buy it.



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O.J. Simpson
May 18th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

d00d new shit

Masochist
May 18th 2010


8084 Comments


CAUSE WHENIMONDAMIC
I LIKE TO SPEAK IN 3D

(Only song that I know, but it's good ;-) )

SlyJak
June 16th 2010


68 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good Review. Years ago, this was one of my first forays into alternative hip hop. Only revisiting it years later do I realize that the the lyrics aren't anything special. But it will always have a nostalgic quality for me. I've always enjoyed Madlib, even behind the mic (especially with/as Quas), but his masterful production ability eclipses his rhymes. One of the greatest producers ever, imo.

SlyJak
June 24th 2010


68 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The whole paragraph regarding production is really spot on. Love the Liks reference

O.J. Simpson
June 25th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the Liks are great, thanks brah.

haven't written a review in a while, probably should.

HalfManHalfAmazing
March 4th 2011


791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whenimondamic is so awesome

random
September 27th 2012


2270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WhenImOnDaMic is just a great tune.

oltnabrick
February 26th 2013


31595 Comments


this good

Phlegm
October 25th 2013


5596 Comments


this rocks

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Funeralopolis
January 5th 2014


11893 Comments


Madlib can do no wrong

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MikeC26
March 16th 2014


3211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lots of cool jams on this one

Mistico
March 16th 2014


83 Comments


album art

ShadowRemains
August 20th 2014


21641 Comments


check 1 2

check 1 2 3

fucking thps4 ost, so many bomb ass tunes

HalfManHalfAmazing
November 29th 2014


791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Madlib is such an OP producer



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