Some people have musical greatness thrust upon them, some are born into it, Otis Jackson Jr. - aka Madlib has hiphop embedded into his DNA. His father was an accomplished R&B session musician who played with the likes of David Axelrod and H.B. Barnum. His uncle is Jon Faddis, legendary trumpeter who played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus and Bob James among others. Growing up, Madlib was astutely aware of his familys musical legacy. He was obsessed with Jazz, hip-hop, reggae and collecting records. These obsessions have worked their way into his songs such as Quasimotos "Jazz Cats Pt1" and "Return of the Loop Digga" a hilariously accurate re-telling of Madlibs run-in with a less-than-knowledgeable record store clerk.
After getting spotted by Peanut Butter Wolf, Madlib was signed to Stones Throw Records. No one could have anticipated the quantity or quality of work that would follow. Madlib became the leader of the Lootpack and put out a solo project as his alter ego Quasimoto, a helium-voiced rapper that Jackson created on a whim and later developed into a full-length album. As if that wasnt enough, he is also the sole member of the new jazz experiment, Yesterday New Quintet, which have released a crateload of recordings of late.
Madlib may have been born into musical greatness, but hes also worked his a** off to get where he is. A self admitted workaholic, Madlib has been known to lock himself in his studio for days at a time. During one of his rare breaks, Madlib has taken time out to record and mix this album, much to our pleasure!