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M.E.D., ‘Classic’ (Stones Throw)

Nick “Medaphoar” Rodriguez’s second album gets the full-blown Stones Throw treatment, with Madlib’s zany Sun Ra loops pinging underneath verses from indie notables (Talib Kweli, Planet Asia, and Odd Future’s Hodgy Beats). As for the star himself, M.E.D. doesn’t try to compete with his more talented collaborators, and seems all too happy to fade into the disco-sampling psychedelics of “Flying High” and “Mystical Magical.” But on Classic’s standout tracks, including the Oh No–produced G-ride “Where I’m From” and the purp anthem “Medical Card,” he offers up West Coast funk that befits his white-teed everyman personality.

Tags: Albums, M.E.D.