Madlib the Beat Konducta, 'WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip' (BBE/Rapster)

6
WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip
Critical Mass
Label: BBE/Rapster

by Mosi Reeves

What better metaphor for the prolific Madlib -- whose 2008 résumé includes R&B auteur Erykah Badu, hard-guy MC Guilty Simpson, and Brazilian drummer Ivan Conti -- than WLIB AM, the community-minded, black-owned New York talk-radio station? Here, the Los Angeles producer runs through 24 tracks, crafting oddball breaks and loops out of tasteful disco, doo-wop, and scratchy funk. Too bad inconsistent vocal performances, from Prince Po (who provides an ice-cold flow on "The Thang-Thang") to MED (whose boorish rhymes saddle "The Ox [805]"), tempt you to switch the dial on this hour-long jam.

BUY:

iTunesAmazon

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Jessie Ware — Share It All " 04:18
  • 2 Rustie — Attak (feat. Danny Brown) " 03:01
  • 3 M.I.A. — Gold " 01:48
  • 4 A Sunny Day in Glasgow — Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End) [Ice Choir Remix] " 04:35
  • 5 Azealia Banks — Heavy Metal And Reflective " 02:31

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA