Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix
(2008, Stones Throw Records)
Verdict: Basically a new album
Take a couple of breaths and get ready for another round of Hip-Hopʼs best MC. A few days ago I got my hands on the latest from Madlib. As you may already know, Madlib has recently released Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix using the vocals of MF DOOM from Madvillainy and a few unreleased recordings. The realization might put a damper on some of your high hopes. Itʼs true that you will recognize most of MF DOOMʼs lyrics. However, itʼs like having chocolate Lucky Charms. No, it would be like mixing a Lucky Charm with a number of other equally good cereals for a great cereal cocktail. It is pretty obvious that Madlib wants us to remember that this is a new album. He even goes as far to rename the songs. The mix uses a lot more audio samples this round and Madlib jumps a lot with his cuts, so that it is anything but repetitive. Because of this, the album is more fleshed out on the Madlib side. The style of mixing reminds me more of the Beat Konducta Vol. 3-4 than Madvillainy, showing progression. He is coming out with some great sounds. Plus, there are some hilarious audio samples that sound like early George Carlin, but itʼs probably a more obscure comedian. Madlib is consistently keeping his pet projects his most fun and most interesting. Donʼt miss this album.
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