Despite the ersatz Molotov-Ribbentrop pact inked in 2006 between Passion of the Weiss and Stones Throw,* I have yet to hear the fifth volume of Madlib’s Medicine Show. According to the Stones Throw promo page, it compiles various flotsam and jetsam made by Madlib in the years between his work with the Likwit Crew and the first Quasimoto record. The first two leaks from the album, “Static Invazion” and “Episode XVI,” capture his early aesthetic: fractured soul loops, grimy drums, and disembodied voices. Essentially, a sonic paradise for stoner’s and not far from the current mad scientist currently creating 46 albums a year. As a plus, the album cover is an early contender for one of the year’s best, complete with a comic from the artist Benjamin Marra, telling the story of “a fictional 90s-era Rapper X who goes on a vengeful cop-killing rampage.” I expect Sister Soulja and/or Body Count allusions galore.
* In exchange for rapturous coverage, we get free Mayer Hawthorne sweaters and all-you-can-eat Ethiopian dinners with Peanut Butter Wolf and Oh No.
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