Evan Nabavian discovered that airfare to Nittyville is $50 for every eighth of a mile.
OJ Simpson was a harsh listen. For every minute of beats and rhymes, there was a minute and a half of blaxploitation dialog or stand-up comedy snippets. Sample porn. It’s like Madlib can’t resist sharing his latest crackly discovery. Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 presents Nittyville is the latest in Madlib’s serial crate-digging odyssey — a full length with Frank Nitt. Heads may remember that Nitt’s last project was an EP with Terrace Martin. The LA/Detroit connection remains unobstructed.
The album’s premise sounds too normal for Madlib, whose discography snaked through Jamaica, Africa, and Brazil last year. Stones Throw promises “one MC, one producer, and a rap record all about stunts, blunts and hip-hop.” On “What Can U Tell Me,” Nitt raps about seizing recognition, Benjamins, and breasts, in that order. Sure enough, random shit bookends the track. Perhaps Madlib included the scatterbrained fourteen second intro to throw off casual listeners who might be attracted to the beat’s clean descending synths. Nittyville should strike a pleasing balance between straightforward rapping and contorted untraceable samples.
MP3: Madlib & Frank Nitt-“What Can U Tell Me” (ft. MED)