Declaime & Madlib: In The Beginning (Vol. 1)

I could probably drive myself crazy thinking about how many unheard Madlib joints there are dotted around the planet. Last month it was announced that he would be releasing a bunch of previously lost and unreleased tracks with long-term friend and collaborator, Declaime. That collection is now available for your listening pleasure and features some suitably dusty gems from the mid-90’s, which mark the first utterances of their creative partnership. You can stream the album in full below.

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib w/ El Michels Affair: Gat Damn (The Diamond Mine Sessions)

While I do feel a bit dirty posting an Amazon Music exclusive, the strength of the performance outweighs any real moral objections I might have. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib recently hooked up with the aforementioned spawn of the devil to give an exclusive live rendition of Gat Damn, which is taken from last year’s acclaimed Bandana. MadGibbs are also joined by El Michels Affair, which is a genius move as you will hear from the end result.

Oh No & Madlib ft. Elzhi & Chino XL: Superhumans

Last week social media was buzzing after confirmation that next year would finally deliver the long-awaited collaboration between Madlib and Oh No. The brothers have long been hinting at the prospect of a joint album, but until now those hints had not materialised into anything definite. But now it’s been confirmed that The Professionals will be unleashed into the world early next year and it looks like they’re going to be more than ably assisted, it this first audio leak is anything to go by. On Superhumans, the duo are joined by Detroit legend, Elzhi, and Bronx veteran, Chino XL. The full release of The Professionals is set for 17 January and pre-orders are available now via Rappcats.

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Andre 3000 & Madlib: Otis Benjamin (Stream)

As far as mash-ups go, this is one of the ones that you thought would already have been given life by now, judging by how popular the two main players are. The geniuses over at Altered Crates have blended some of Andre 3000’s best features, with a selection of Madlib’s forever on point instrumentals, resulting in Otis Benjamin. The speculation over Andre’s solo project is likely to continue for a while, but in the meantime this release will do nicely. You can stream it below and downloads are available via Bandcamp.

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Wiki: Eggs

Always happy to see the arrival of new music from Wiki, even more so when the production is handled by Madlib. Aside from another single in 2018, Eggs is the only music we’ve heard from the New York MC since his superb 2017 album, No Mountains in Manhattan. I’m hoping this means that another album is on the way, but for now enjoy this nutritious loosie.