Thursday, August 14, 2008

Madvillain - Madvillainy 2

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.


Anonymous said...

actually, the story behind this album is pretty dope. if you know anything about Madlib, you know he's the most prolific and creative producer in hip-hop. Apparently he remixes his own albums all the time ... these and tons of beat tapes never see the light of day, but for this one they got a chance to release it ... the album itself is dope, but the box set is really dope

King Cotton said...

Yeah I knew that he is constantly remixing his own stuff (and pretty much everything he gets his hands on). I've heard about his amazing beat tapes, in fact I listened to an interview where he says that someone got a hold of a couple, which got him his 'break.' The box set truly looks awesome. Thanks anonymous.

Thanks Anonymous