Yessir Whatever

In 2000, L.A. rapper-producer Madlib recorded a psychedelic hip-hop masterwork, The Unseen, released as Quasimoto and reportedly cut during a week of psilocybin mushroom snarfing. The third Quasimoto LP is a jumble of rare and unreleased tracks but still a fine stoner-rap set; Madlib raps in a cartoony, high-pitched voice and a blunted monotone, creating a warped conversation with himself over beats that suggest a warmly twisted Cali vision of vintage Native Tongues hip-hop. On "Seasons Change," he loops summery Roy Ayers fuzak and drops ad copy for his sound: "Top choice, low rate, no gate, high voice/It's like we dipped the beat in water, now we up on moist."

From The Archives Issue 1189: August 15, 2013
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