Friday, September 26, 2008

Remixes from the Brothers Jackson

Stones Throw.

The Brothers Jackson.

They go hand in hand. Madlib made the music that led the Wolf’s crazy idea to be one of the most successful record labels in existence, then out of no where (to all of us, I imagine at least ‘Lib saw baby bro coming) there is a brother who has HEAT too…

Lord have mercy!

A few months ago I came across what was titled Madvillain 2. I’ve been spewing my fair share of hate towards Mr. MF (shout to Kno!) and haven’t been impressed with much of his work since the first Madvillain, but that was a work of genius and I’ll always be excited for a second go round should we ever be blessed by the crazy duo again.

But this was not a true re-match. What we have here is Madlib’s own blunted second take on the project that put the mask in the public eye.

Resequencing, renaming, and completely remixing the original Madvillain record, this plays like a brand new album and for that Madlib gets all the props!

But wait, what about this project from Oh No? Something with Percee P? Didn’t Madlib just put out an entirely produced Percee P record?


While Madlib put together a remix project for an old classic (he has also remixed the Percee joint but that’s another post) his younger brother grabbed up the a cappella’s to P’s joint and did his thing behind the boards.

Oh No is incredibly talented. He has shown that over the last few years with an output rivaling that of his brother. As I listened to his take on what Percee P should be rocking to I kept wondering how it compared to what Madlib had done originally – I had seen what Madlib did with a second take, but to my surprise I hadn’t actually sat down with Perseverance.

For an emcee who has been rhyming for almost as long as I’ve been alive it’s been much discussed that his debut is only now out, but that isn’t important – props to Stones Throw for recognizing the mans skill and legendary status. What matters after all those years is that Percee P is the same beast who cut his teeth rhyming with the best on the corners of NYC.

“Call me Purse/Cause I'm always on some chicks arm”

Surprisingly the two brothers took very similar approaches to the record, however Madlib’s still the older and wiser one (he’s the Beat Konducta!) as his beats capture the grittiness that Percee P is known for but they are still filled with that soul only Madlib pulls out of the wax.

Oh No has that boom bap down and he crafted something entirely different, straight out of the D.I.T.C. vault (he better get a beat or two on their new project!) and this leaves you with no choice but to curl up your brow and bang your head to the beat while Percee P does what he does.

While initially listening to the Oh No take I kept thinking “I don’t know that Madlib could have topped this.”

I was proven wrong, very wrong. But that is not to say Oh No is bad, he isn’t Madlib just knows what he is doing! The man just put out what could be dubbed a Nova Jazz Hop (read: Jazz meets Hip Hop meets Bossa Nova) record with one of the foremost drummers out of Sao Paulo. Oh No still has some catching up to do.

And let’s not forget this mysterious Madvillain 2 project that got this whole thing started. According to the Stones Throw website it was something Madlib did just to bump and after getting heard around the offices it was decided to be released! So do what you gotta and find it (I made it real easy) cause you haven’t heard that next level beat until you’ve heard the latest coming out of Madlib’s lab.

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