Posts tagged "Madlib"

Future Islands’ Sam Herring Collaborates With Madlib on New Rap Project

The sweatiest man in rock ‘n’ roll is continuing to dabble in rap. Future Islands frontman Sam Herring has dropped some bars under his MC name Hemlock…
James Grebey / July 17, 2015

The 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014

Purists and casual listeners alike would probably agree that 2014 failed to deliver on a number of hip-hop promises that could’ve lit the year aflame.
SPIN Staff / December 12, 2014

Madlib Chops the Rock on Underwhelming ‘Rock Konducta Vol. 2′

Otis Jackson Jr. isn’t out of ideas, no way. The 40 year-old producer, record collector and dispenser of annual beat tapes operates like a subscriptio…
Dan Weiss / July 17, 2014

Freak Scene: 2014’s Weird World of Underground Rap

Underground hip-hop is not what it used to be, but that’s a good thing. At its peak, “the underground” was its own separate and dam…
Brandon Soderberg / July 11, 2014

Madlib Rolls Out Psych-Rock Beats on ‘Black Dreams (Sludge Fight)’

Elusive Los Angeles beat-genius Madlib has shared a new taste from his ongoing Rock Konducta project, the fifth chapter (each divided into two volumes) in his ongoing Beat Konducta series. Heard…
Olivia Forman / June 11, 2014

Freddie Gibbs’ Raps From Prison in ‘Deeper’ Video

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib found a real groove together on Pińata, a street-rap epic that combines the deft stylings of an Indiana-reared MC who’s draw…
Chris Martins / June 3, 2014

The 50 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

UPDATE: This is SPIN’s mid-year report on 2014. For SPIN’s end-of-the-year list, check out The 50 Best Albums of 2014. As 2014 approaches its midpoint,…
SPIN Staff / June 2, 2014

Kanye West Extols J Dilla in Stones Throw Documentary Bonus Video

Stones Throw has been capitalizing on its ravenous crate-digging for the better part of two decades now, and this week the omnivorous Los Angeles hip-ho…
Colin Joyce / May 29, 2014

Rap Songs of the Week: Freddie Gibbs’ Artful, Madlib-Assisted Jeezy Diss, ‘Real’

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, "Real"Before we celebrate the artful way in which this song dissects the increasingly troubled and useless Jeezy, let's just make it…
Brandon Soderberg / March 20, 2014

Madlib Muses on Methods Behind His Madness

Sometime around 1985, an 11-year-old Otis Jackson Jr. sampled his first song. Plucking an album from his dad's collection, he tinkered with "Sucker" from Doing…
Reyan Ali / March 20, 2014

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Craft a Deft, Eccentric Street-Rap Epic on ‘Pinata’

Piñata, the full-length collaboration between 21st-century gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs and 31st-century producer Madlib, lulls breezily between pro forma thuggery and Swisha Sweet insights, mixing…
Mosi Reeves / March 13, 2014

Watch Madlib Compare J Dilla to Coltrane in Rare Video Interview

Revered rap producer Madlib is a notoriously difficult guy to pin down for an interview. The staggeringly prolific artist usually prefers to keep his head…
Chris Martins / December 27, 2013

See Dr. Stokely and Madlib’s Smoky Mortality Trip, ‘State of Emergency’

Dr. Stokely has an important message to share with the world. Mainly, what the man more commonly known as Dudley Perkins wants to tell u…
Chris Martins / September 25, 2013

J Dilla’s Rhymes Shine Posthumously on ‘Diamonds’

Though J Dilla passed away in 2006, the revered rap producer and occasional MC only seems to catch more shine as the days roll on.
Chris Martins / August 2, 2013

Rap Songs of the Week: Drake, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean Make It All About Them on ‘All Me’

Drake ft. 2 Chainz & Big Sean, "All Me"Weird how all the talk about rap lyrics and their detrimental effects never falls back on Drake,…
Brandon Soderberg / August 1, 2013

Freddie Gibbs Goes (Slightly) Less Gangster for Madlib Team-Up ‘City’

When last we heard from Freddie Gibbs, the Gary, Indiana-bred MC was back in his hometown proudly trapping with a gang of local goons (via “Lay…
Chris Martins / July 19, 2013

Ink Friday: A Brief History of Cartoon Rappers

In honor of a new mixtape from cartoon rap villain Captain Murphy, SPIN traces his animated forebears.
Ken Bachor / November 15, 2012

‘Shame’ Game: Watch Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Druggy Video

BJ the Chicago Kid, who recently signed to Motown on the strength of his February debut album Pineapple Now-Laters, might be the unheralded hero o…
Marc Hogan / August 9, 2012

Rap Release of the Week: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s ‘Shame’ 12-Inch

As of late, the best releases from the Stones Throw/Madlib Invazion camp have been exercises in extremes. They're either big, obnoxious beat-tape tomes like Jonwayne'…
Brandon Soderberg / July 11, 2012

Meet Lil B and Madlib Cover Artist Benjamin Marra

Even if you're not an art comics fiend, Benjamin Marra's work should still look familiar. His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times Book…
Brandon Soderberg / March 8, 2012