Madlib

USA / Stones Throw Records

A producer, MC, musician and avid collector, Otis Jackson Jr boasts an extensive production. Hailing from a family of musicians in California, Otis has risen to be a prominent figure in ‘90s hip-hop.

He defines himself “DJ first, producer second, and MC last”. His samples span a multitude of genres, through soul and jazz, as in “Shades of Blue” (2013), a remix album for the prestigious label Blue Note Records.

Madlib’s manifold talent is evident in his ambitious personal projects, among which there’s Quasimoto, a high-pitched animated alter ego. His numerous collaborations (MF DOOM, Kanye West, Jay Z) led him far beyond the hip hop sound which made him known in the first place.