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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.

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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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  • OG-Gurda

    V if you meant me, no i dont hate it. i love it too. but i hate when someone talks about how genius is the music which has the sampled main melody and only with drums over... thats not serious. this music deserves to be listened but if they were music-educated enough, they would be able to compose the same melody they sampling. easy. 99% producers for me are just djs. Can a dj make a good music? Of course. And I do not agree about visiting the museum of stolen pictures. It is a bit different.

    Yesterday 6:14pm Reply
  • WaxmasterC

    Funny how many people have sample based hip-hop on their charts but hate sample based music. Cognitive dissonance and ignorance is bliss!

    24 Jan 7:04pm Reply
  • WaxmasterC

    Og-Gurda lacks reasoning ability. How do you figure Madlib isn't a composer? Def. Composer; Noun: Someone who composes music as a profession. Def. Compose; Verb: Form the substance of, (music) write music, Produce a literary work, Put together out of existing material, Arrange to make a pleasing picture, artwork, etc. The library gives out books for free. Go learn something.

    24 Jan 7:02pm Reply
  • WaxmasterC

    djb1993djb listens to nothing but stolen mp3's, then talks about respect for music *SMH*

    24 Jan 6:55pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    the whole culture of sampling is deplorable [2]

    21 Jan 6:02pm Reply
  • Exzart

    http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Madlib/+images/13547599 up pls, we need new profile pic

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • VarnishedTable

    top 3

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • cabeza_cuadrada

    Motown podcast is awesome

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • nadialesa

    <3

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 Reply
  • Aristoxenous

    @djb1993djb - I don't argue with trolls.

    28 Oct 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • djb1993djb

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

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • shaolin86

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

    22 Oct 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • ricz_dm

    @OcellatedGod low quality bait. Try harder

    16 Oct 2014 Reply
  • eatmangos

    he's a multi-instrumentalist :) http://youtu.be/l8x5gGDONs8

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • jack_rae

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

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
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