Release Date: May 3, 2005
Record label: Stones Throw
Genre(s): Indie, Rap
His name is already attached to three of underground rap's seminal releases (Lootpack's Soundpieces: Da Antidote!, Madvillain's Madvillainy, and the first Quasimoto LP, The Unseen), so it can't come as a surprise that Madlib's return of Lord Quas takes its place right alongside them. When he debuted in 2000, Quasimoto immediately became one of hip-hop's most bizarre characters, a helium-voiced, barely-teenage-sounding rapper capable of drawling the dozens like a Cosby Kid gone to seed or spouting more insane gibberish than a crackhead casualty. Helpfully, his obtuse material appeared over the most innovative new production style in rap -- crackly, bouncing productions with samples reflecting his obsessions with jazz-funk maestros like Stanley Cowell and Grant Green.
Modern rap music is like McDonald’s: it's made for quick consumption, everything has to be super-sized, and the laundry list of polysyllabic preservatives (producers, guests, remixes, bonus tracks, bonus DVDs) leaves the meat tasting a bit tainted. In the end, yeah, you were hungry, but now your stomach hurts and you've taken a few years off your life. Quasimoto, alter ego of producer/MC/weed connoisseur Madlib, isn’t exactly health food, but his diet’s definitely more well-rounded than most rappers’.