If you call yourself a “hip-hop head” and you’re not familiar with the music of Madlib, I suggest that you crawl out from under your rock and do some research.
Otis Jackson, Jr. (Born October 24, 1973 in Oxnard, California) is arguably one of the most versatile, productive and hard working producers ever to lay his imprint on the game.
With production for a roster that consists of the likes of Erykah Badu, Ghostface, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and the Alkaholiks (just for starters), you’ve probably been nodding your head to this man’s beats and you didn’t even realize it.
Madlib, October 24, 1973 6:00 am, Oxnard, CA
Sun in Scorpio
” I’m like a hermit, I’m not really doing all this mingling with people.”
” I hate standing in front of a crowd and having to show myself, I’m a background dude.”
Private, reclusive yet strikingly charismatic, Madlib lets you pry through the peephole just enough to get a glimpse of him crafting his masterpieces in the studio.
The Scorpio Sun suggests that the fuel required to optimize Madlib’s vitality consists of plumbing the depths of life…. and every vinyl crate that he can possibly get his hands on.
Not content with skating on the surface musically, he wants to penetrate multiple genre’s as a focal point of his creative self-expression.
However, the majority of his speaking comes through his music. As a Scorpio Sun, Madlib’s destination, a.k.a. the “skin” that he’s growing into is comprised of depth, passion, intensity and complexity.
Shunning a superficial approach to his music and constantly re-making, re-molding and transforming himself under such monikers as Quasimoto and Yesterday’s New Quintet. Experiencing a continuous “new birth” of sorts.
Moon in Libra
What does Madlib need to bring along with him on his journey to his Scorpionic destination? What fulfills him on an emotional level?
A deep seated need to be creative. Harmony, melodic tones, rhythm. Employing the Libran strength of collaborating with other heavyweights such as Doom , Talib Kweli and J. Dilla(R.I.P.) on classic joint projects:
“The reason why I collaborate with MCs is that I wanna see if my style can fit with theirs or vice versa. See if we can bring something together…..I collaborate with anybody who is dope.”
It most definitely takes a dope collaborator to know one.