Madlib Medicine Show # 1: Before The Verdict
Released: Feb 2010
Label: Now Again Records
Madlib is working on a master plan in 2010: a yearlong "Medicine Show" encompassing 12 releases (six mixtapes and six albums of original material), along with the usual round of production gigs and jazz side projects. The kickoff, Before the Verdict, may be the best of the lot. Ostensibly a remix of Guilty Simpson's Ode to the Ghetto, it unveils the new Madlib steez — sonic chaos. Crazy soul loops and snippets from comedy routines exemplify his gutbucket sound. It's like a low-budget action movie full of jokes and guns, with musical actors so raw and untrained that you can't tell if the bullets they shoot are real.