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Los Angeles, United States (1993 – present)

Otis Jackson Jr., known professionally as Madlib, is a Los Angeles, California-based DJ, multi-instrumentalist, MC, and music producer born on October 24, 1973 in Oxnard, California, United States. Known under a plethora of pseudonyms, he is one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed hip hop producers of the 2000s and has collaborated with myriad hip hop artists, including Tha Alkaholiks, Mos Def, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli, A.G. , MF DOOM (as Madvillain), and the late J Dilla (as Jaylib). Madlib has described himself as a “DJ first, producer second, and MC last”, and he has done several projects as a DJ, mixer, or remixer. Madlib has been an influence on an upcoming generation of producers and musicians, many of whom prefer Madlib’s abstract styles.

Early life and career
Madlib was born in Oxnard, California to musician parents Otis Jackson, Sr. and Dora Sinesca Jackson. He was raised in Oxnard, where he began his music career, and currently works in Los Angeles. In the early 90s Madlib began producing hip-hop music with friends that formed a loose-knit collective that came to be known as CDP - rappers that worked with Madlib in his Oxnard-based “Crate Diggas Palace” studio. His first commercially released music was production for the rap group Tha Alkaholiks in 1993.


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  • jksterup

    @djb1993djb "would you honestly be ok attending a museum entirely comprised of stolen artworks? do you honestly not see what is wrong with that?" See: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns, just to name a few. Artistic appropriation existed long before sampling. In fact, I would argue that sample-based music bears less resemblance to the original produced work than do works by those celebrated visual artists. But then visual art is the "high art" of museum galleries, which means Warhol and Co. are allowed to appropriate whatever they want. Hip hop is "low art" of the streets, so when those artists appropriate other people's works they're "stealing."

    29 Oct 1:35am Reply
  • Aristoxenous

    @djb1993djb - I don't argue with trolls.

    28 Oct 6:17am Reply
  • djb1993djb

    aristoxenous, at this point you are quite evidently flailing in lieu of providing a proper counterargument, and i find your bigoted language intolerably indecorous, regardless of your position on the matter of madlib's "music". sorry bout your poor taste in all walks of life, man. :-(

    26 Oct 4:05am Reply
  • djb1993djb

    that's right. i know what i'm talking about, fuccboi

    24 Oct 2:46am Reply
  • shaolin86

    @djb1993djb yet he's one of the most played artists in your library, along with MF DOOM, another "thief"... hmmmm...

    22 Oct 8:06pm Reply
  • djb1993djb

    would you honestly be ok attending a museum entirely comprised of stolen artworks? do you honestly not see what is wrong with that? the whole culture of sampling is deplorable.

    22 Oct 7:00pm Reply
  • djb1993djb

    people like madlib fans need to search within themselves and identify the exact source that has corrupted their understanding of what it means to own something. Listening to this music is tantamount to implicit cooperation and conspiracy with the systematic theft of hundreds of honest artists.

    22 Oct 6:58pm Reply
  • djb1993djb

    i pray for the day listeners come to their senses and understanding madlib to be the apotheosis of the "fraud producers"-- the ultimate pilferer, vulture, and degenerate of contemporary music. ultimately madlib pilfers for the pure sake of theft in itself: a wholly repugnant and reprehensible poetics and body of work

    20 Oct 5:16am Reply
  • ricz_dm

    @OcellatedGod low quality bait. Try harder

    16 Oct 4:32am Reply
  • eatmangos

    he's a multi-instrumentalist :)

    22 Sep 10:25pm Reply
  • jack_rae

    @OcellatedGod Yesterday's New Quintet? Also, sampling isn't vandalising you melon

    21 Sep 4:56pm Reply
  • eatmangos

    @OcellatedGod so you are like your own special variety of stupid

    20 Sep 4:14pm Reply
  • KsiadzTomasz

    'The Beats' - review in polish / polska recenzja: (po usunięciu spacji w linku)

    15 Sep 3:40pm Reply
  • WuMember

    u don't know about sampling, so probably stfu and don't litter this page.

    7 Sep 11:56pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Homie needs to learn to play an instrument and stop vandalizing other people's music.

    7 Sep 10:39pm Reply
  • doomaddicts

    Rock Konducta is something special

    7 Sep 12:53am Reply
  • WuMember

    still the best

    24 Aug 11:51pm Reply
  • Gaffes

    He could've been easily among the greats of the Golden Age hip hop.

    20 Aug 7:52pm Reply
  • bennoperro

    definition of dopeness

    5 Aug 5:25pm Reply
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