It’s a rare condition in this day and age that you get to see Madlib make a public appearance to a gig, do an interview, or anything that has something to do with facetime in the public. So when an opportunity for anyone to get any Madlib news, it’s wise to pay attention.
In a rare interview with Rolling Stone, Madlib gives insight on quite a few topics that has everyone’s minds wandering about — such as the release of the Madvillainy sequel, his upcoming project with Freddie Gibbs, his perception on Thundercat and Flying Lotus. He also speaks on the rise of his new Madlib Invazion label and another collaboration with Yasiin Bey into Zambian Rock. Peep below…
Are you still planning to release another Quasimoto album of all new material?
- Yes, but I still haven’t finished. It takes time. It has to be on a different level. The shrooms were the stuff that made me do Quasimoto in the first place. Hopefully, I get back on that level where I can finish it.
Will the Madvillain sequel ever see the light of day?
- I handed all the beats to Doom years ago, but ever since he’s been in Europe, he’s been hard to get a hold of. I feel it probably won’t happen, but you never know. I can’t sit and wait on that. I did my part.
You recently started your own label, Madlib Invazion. Do you see that as mainly a place to release your music, or will you be releasing music from other artists as well?
- Both. I’m going to release records from Kan Kick. A couple of singing artists. That’s all I’ve found so far. I want to work with Stones Throw and also do my own thing. Stones Throw already has a lot of artists, so it makes sense to be able to release my other stuff on the side.
How is MadGibbs coming?
- It’s done. It sounds good. Gibbs killed his parts. So did Earl Sweatshirt and Danny Brown on the guest verses.
Have you been making a lot of jazz lately?
- Oh, definitely. I can’t stop. I’m going to put out some more of it soon on Stones Throw. I have tons of stuff I’m holding onto, a bunch of different types of music. I made an electronic record in the vein of Cluster. I was programming synthesizers and drum machines and that sort of thing.
Have you been paying attention to Thundercat and Flying Lotus and the way they’re reinventing jazz fusion?
- It’s dope. I hope a lot of people pay attention and really listen. There’s a lot of trendy people out there, and I hope they listen to what they’re doing.. We have different types of sounds in that I do all of it myself, but it’s dope that they’re making original jazz.
You’re making an album with Mos Def that’s inspired by Zambian rock from the 1970s. How did that come about?
- We’ve been working on it for a long time. I’ve got a lot of unreleased tracks with him, and when he comes to L.A., we link up. I showed him all the Zambian stuff from the group Witch that [Now-Again Records’ Eothen “Egon” Alapatt] released on Now-Again. Mos loved it. I have another album, too, full of all Indian Bollywood sampling stuff that I did with Mos. We’ll hopefully put out an album of that later.
Read the entire Rolling Stone inteview here!