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Album Review

It started with J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) hearing a mix that Madlib put together in the Bomb Shelter of Dilla's beats with Madlib rapping over them. He was impressed enough to call up Stones Throw mastermind Peanut Butter Wolf directly to get the ball moving on a Madlib/J Dilla collaboration. Jaylib became a quick reality, so the producers started sending each other beats to rap over. As each were situated in their home towns (Dilla in Detroit and Madlib in L.A.), they fleshed out Champion Sound, which will easily win the award for the Most Blunted Album of the Year; these guys were smoking serious greens while working this one out. As one might expect, the production qualities of an album made by two of hip-hop's most celebrated producers is rich in texture, innovation, and solid momentum. Where Madlib is a seasoned MC (look at Lootpack's Soundpieces or Quasimoto's The Unseen), Dilla is not. He's not bad, just rougher around the edges, which lends to a disorienting listen in general. The beats are slapped together, whacked samples are abruptly dropped, and the lyrics are steps behind the beat and generally about nothing but b-boy posturing and other nonsense. All of which results in a very unique and strangely rewarding album. While it may require repeated listens to take hold, Champion Sound is full of a lot more winners than losers. [Stones Throw issued a deluxe edition in 2007, adding two bonus tracks, as well as a full second disc containing several remixes and the previously vinyl-only set of instrumentals. It retailed for the same price as the original release.]

Customer Reviews

Ignore the iTunes review - this is a masterpiece

Ignore the "official" review - this clown has no idea what he or she is talking about. Dilla WAS a seasoned MC along with Madlib. Previous to this he'd done 2 Slum Village records (which if you haven't checked out you should) as well as the full-length "Welcome to Detroit" and the EP "Ruff Draft" not to mention various other projects. NOTHING about Dilla's rhyming on here is "disorienting", and this album does not hold that quality AT ALL. This album is hip hop in it's purest form, stripped down to it's essence and executed to perfection. It's raw, it's imperfect, it's human, it's fun, it's REAL. THIS represents true hip hop - not that polished up garbage on MTV designed to sell clothes and cars. This is the template that any lame trying to get into the game should follow. Champion Sound is impeccable - This is the Thelonius Monk and Herbie Hancock of this generation creating with total freedom and no pretenses. This album isn't trying to be anything but what it is. So ignore this wack assed iTunes reviewer's lazy, ignorant and ill-informed words. Just listen to the music and decide for yourself. I don't think you'll be dissapointed.

Horrible Album

One of the worst albums I've ever heard in my life. It lacks the sound quality and production of other well planned albums.


Formed: 2000

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

Like indie duo the Postal Service or transatlantic hip-hoppers Danger Doom, Jaylib was a collaboration by two geographically distant but musically simpatico folks, brought about by trading tapes and CDs back and forth through the mail. The collaboration began in 2000 when California turntablist J-Rocc (Jason Jackson) gave a disc of unreleased beats by producer/DJ J Dilla (James DeWitt Yancey) to producer and multi-instrumentalist Madlib (Otis Jackson, Jr.), whose reworking of one track later appeared...
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