Madlib Discusses ‘Madvillainy’ Sequel, Legacy of J Dilla

Posted: January 12, 2014 by ericbernsen in Interviews, Music, News, Uncategorized
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Madlib is one of the most respected producers in hip-hop for his instrumental work and projects with the likes of MF Doom and J Dilla. From creating classic records for artists such as Mos Def and Erykah Badu to his distinct solo catalogue under the alias names Quasimoto and the Beat Konducta, Madlib has proven himself to be of a rare breed when it comes to his overall music prowess. His approach to sampling has influenced a multitude of respected artists (ex. Flying Lotus) and his output of material is staggering, even if he have not heard most of it. The folks over at Dazed Digital were able to have a Q&A session with the normally evasive producer and the interview was an insightful one. 

Madlib touched on a number of topics including his reputation as a ‘mythical persona’ and how his love for all music coincides with his control-freak/crate-digging methods. He has a constant drive to be creating something that sounds new and original, hence the reason why Madlib has so much unreleased material. However, one of the most pertinent themes of the conversation involved his history with the late great producer J Dilla. Madlib looked back on his work with Dilla (mainly their collab album Champion Sound) fondly and called it “the favorite time of my life”. While J Dilla has a fair amount of unreleased material that is being brought to light posthumously, Madlib will not allow the fate of his own musical legacy to be out of his hands:

DD: Sorry to go a bit dark, but when you die what’s going to happen to all of your unreleased music? 

Madlib: I’m gonna burn it down before I die, a little Lee Perry action. Ain’t nobody exploiting my shit. If I was dying in hospital I’d tell my son to go and burn it. Don’t think I’m going to get exploited like they’re doing to Dilla. I’m learning from how he’s being treated from some people.

While many hip-hop fans would consider that to be a travesty, you have to respect Madlib’s feelings about his art. One of Madlib’s most respected albums is Madvillainy, his classic collaboration with rapper MF Doom that is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2014. There have been plenty of rumors about a sequel, and luckily Madlib was open about the status of the project and gave us an update:

DD: 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of Madvillainy. Are you and DOOM ready to release the sequel yet?

Madlib: I’m about to go see him right after this and figure that out. I’m not forcing him to do it. He doesn’t even have to do it; I just want to know where we are at with it because we recorded like, 10, 13 songs, but out of those we probably only used 4, so I want to see how the recordings are going. It’s not close to finished because it has to be a continuation of the last one. It doesn’t have to be better or worse but it has to be a continuation.

Hopefully the duo will connect and bless us with a follow-up to what is considered as a classic body of work. But as Madlib said, it will only come into fruition if it is deserving of the Madvillainy name. In the meantime, we have Madlib’s Cocaine Pinata album with Freddie Gibbs to look forward to with tracks like “Shame” and “Thuggin” showcasing their chemistry.

As a special treat, Madlib broke down the appropriate food/drink/drug combo to consume when listening to some of his notable works. Madlib does not grant many interviews and is not usually so candid, so this is a great read. Click here to read the full interview with Dazed Digital and watch a recently released video/interview of Madlib spinning some rare vinyls.




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