Classic by Med on Apple Music

14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

A slept-on member of the Stones Throw family of artists, MED (previously known as Medaphoar) has worked steadily with everyone else on the label, appearing on choice records from J Dilla, Lootpack, Madlib, Oh No, Aloe Blacc, Madvillain, and Quasimoto. He released his first solo album, the excellent Push Comes to Shove, back in 2005 but was largely ignored by the public, aside from the most ardent underground contingent of hip-hop heads. Six years later, he returns with Classic, another project largely overseen by Madlib (who produces 10 tracks), with other musical contributions from Karriem Riggins, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and The Alchemist. His smooth flow and easygoing wordplay shine throughout, with mellow and relatable verses atop plenty of jazz-tinged beats. Check out the Cali pride anthem "Where I'm From," the title track/lead single with Talib Kweli, and the breezy, string-laced jam "Flying High." 

EDITORS’ NOTES

A slept-on member of the Stones Throw family of artists, MED (previously known as Medaphoar) has worked steadily with everyone else on the label, appearing on choice records from J Dilla, Lootpack, Madlib, Oh No, Aloe Blacc, Madvillain, and Quasimoto. He released his first solo album, the excellent Push Comes to Shove, back in 2005 but was largely ignored by the public, aside from the most ardent underground contingent of hip-hop heads. Six years later, he returns with Classic, another project largely overseen by Madlib (who produces 10 tracks), with other musical contributions from Karriem Riggins, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and The Alchemist. His smooth flow and easygoing wordplay shine throughout, with mellow and relatable verses atop plenty of jazz-tinged beats. Check out the Cali pride anthem "Where I'm From," the title track/lead single with Talib Kweli, and the breezy, string-laced jam "Flying High." 

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About Med

Growing up in Oxnard, California with many other artists who ended up on the Stones Throw label, Nick Rodriguez, aka Medaphoar (and later, MED), grew up in a musical family, and by age nine he was freestyling to entertain his parents. By junior high he was writing his own rhymes, and by high school he was something of a local celebrity. Looking for beats one day, Medaphoar went to the house of Otis Jackson Jr., or Madlib, who was impressed by the MC's skills and invited him into his crew, Lootpack, as an unofficial member. After hearing his appearances on the group's 1999 full-length Soundpieces: Da Antidote!, Stones Throw head Peanut Butter Wolf asked Medaphoar to join his label, and soon he was featured on many of the roster's releases, including Quasimoto's, Madlib's, and Madvillain's. The rapper, who was at this time going by simply MED, finally released his solo debut, Push Comes to Shove, in 2005. Following a few Bang Ya Head compilations/mixtapes, MED's second official full-length, 2011's Classic, would feature special guests Talib Kweli, Aloe Blacc, and Hodgy Beats. Two years later he teamed with Madlib and rapper/producer Blu for The Burgundy EP, then in 2015 the trio released Bad Neighbor, an album that featured the single "Rappcats." Bang Ya Head 4 appeared in 2016, and The Turn Up, an EP with Madlib and Blu, dropped in 2017. ~ Marisa Brown

  • ORIGIN
    Oxnard, CA

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