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Madlib- maverick, prolific, and tirelessly uninhibited. WLIB AM: King Of The Wigflip plays like the days when AM radio ruled the airwaves, transmitting a crackling, low-fi melange of endless sample fodder, vocal snippets, and sonic intuition, turning singles into stars anf lippin wigs with each twist of the dial. WLIB AM: King Of The Wigflip finds Madlib venturing away from the deconstruction of world rhythms on recent projects and returning to his Western hemisphere roots in hip hop and R&B.
"Madlib was not consciously meant to be last in the Beat Generation series," says BBE's Peter Adarkwah, but when considering the producer to which he is most often associated- the late J Dilla- it is without question the proper closure.
A1 Beat Konducta, The* – The New Resident
A2 Guilty Simpson – Blow The Horns On ´Em
A3 Georgia Anne Muldrow – The Plan Pt. 1
A4 Beat Konducta, The* – Tension
A5 Defari – Gamble On Ya Boy
A6 MED* – The Ox (805)
B1 Beat Konducta, The* – All Virtue
B2 J-Rocc* – Blinfold Test #10 (He Don´t Play)
B3 Prince Po – The Thang-Thang
B4 Madlib – Heat
B5 Beat Konducta, The* – Smoke Break
B6 Beat Konducta, The* – The Plan (Reprise)
C1 Karriem Riggins – Life
C2 Beat Konducta, The* – Parklight
C3 Frezna – Yo Yo Affair Pt. 1 & 2
C4 Professionals, The (12) – I Want It Back
C5 Beat Konducta, The* – Disco Dance
C6 Liberation (5) – What It Do
D1 Roc C* – Take That Money
D2 Frank N Dank* – Drinks Up!
D3 Stacy Epps – The Way That I Live
D4 Murs – Ratrace
D5 Guilty Simpson – Go!
D6 Beat Konducta, The* – Stop
In listing the greatest albums in hip-hop history, one title never seems to stray from the upper echelons, no matter how many years pass: Boogie Down Productions' undisputed classic from 1986, Criminal Minded. Released amidst a battle between BDP and MC Shan that would redefine the New York rap landscape as it was then known, the album, which features the songs "South Bronx," "Criminal Minded" and "The Bridge is Over," captures the excitement, urgency and raw power that embodies hip-hop culture as we know it, with KRS-One's aggressive yet intelligent lyricism backed by Scott La Rock's hard-hitting, stripped-down beats. A true classic, Criminal Minded has been recognized by Vibe Magazine, The Source and Rolling Stone as one of the most important albums of all time.Traffic Entertainment Group and B-Boy Records are proud to present Criminal Minded, presented for the first time ever in a double-LP pressing with a new digital transfer from the original analog master tapes.The album is packaged in a gatefold "paste-on style" jacket, featuring extensive liner notes from journalist Brian Coleman and KRS-One, full color printed dust sleeves with vintage B-Boy Records graffiti artwork, full-color 24" x 36" poster and the bonus track "P is Free (Original 12" Version)."
In the wake of the release of A Tribe Called Quest's first album, 1990's stellar People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, critics who had previously ignored hip-hop sat up and took notice of Q-Tip's sophisticated and unorthodox productions, and Phife Dog's party rocking but winningly self-deprecating rhymes. But the critics often overlooked Tribe's far-reaching roots in the hip-hop underground and their larger place in the history of black music in general. The Low End Theory was in many ways a conscious attempt to redress these critical oversights; it also happens to be one of the finest hip-hop albums ever recorded. From the sinuous Art Blakey samples and myth-making rhymes of "Excursions" to the joyous free for all of the epic posse cut "Scenario", The Low End Theory is a stone masterpiece that establishes Tribe's place in hip-hop's history. They draw on everything from the crowd-hyping improvisations of their early park jams, to the complex sciences of Golden Age rhyming styles. Simply put, The Low End Theory is essential for anyone seeking to understand hip-hop.
...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is the eleventh studio album by American hip hop band The Roots. According to Black Thought, the album is conceptual like the previous one, but unlike Undun, ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin will feature several characters in his story, not just one. The Roots' lead rapper described the forthcoming album as a satirical look at violence in hip hop and American society overall.
Arguably Jay-Z's finest piece of recorded work, 2001's The Blueprint is officially where the Brooklyn-born rapper became the heavyweight champ of the hip hop game. Produced primarily by Kanye West and Just Blaze and featuring only one guest appearance by Eminem, The Blueprint became Jay-Z's fourth consecutive #1 album on the Billboard 200 charts. From radio anthems "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" and "Girls, Girls, Girls" to introspective cuts "Never Change" and "Song Cry" to diss tracks like "Takeover," the beats are consistently as extravagant as the rhymes are rich. Ten years after its original release, The Blueprint has only grown in acclaim, rightfully taking its place as a hip hop classic and one of the genre's greatest album's of all-time.