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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


Had the original 17 track album years ago on cd. It was the first album to introduce me to Dilla. Bought it again for the instrumentals and remixes. Listen to the remixes of The Mission, Champion Sound and Heavy and you will know why you gots to buy it again. R. I. P. Dilla


I'm just finished the album, and to be honest, the lyrics aren't great. They are decent and stay interesting throughout the album, however, the beats are what really make this album. Dilla and Madlib are two of the most innovative, exciting producers I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. What sparked my interest in this album was Madlib's Quasimoto project, The Unseen. The music on that album is insane, and the instrumental version that came with it is just perfect. This album, while not as jazzy, still has great beats. Dilla has a more sparse style while Madlib uses more samples and soul loops and his sound is more full. The album starts off right with the highligh, McNasty Filth, produced by Madlib with Dilla and Frank N Dank rapping over the track. The beat is filthy and sounds club made. The next highlight is Champion Sound, followed by The Red and Heavy. Strapped, Starz, Survival Test, and The Mission are also highlights. Since the two aren't lyrically amazing, the beats have to carry the album, and the question comes down to who carries the other rapper better. Madlib definitley outshines Dilla behind the boards, and the songs with Madlib rapping are also better lyrically. The second disc that comes with this package was not part of the original release in 2003. It comes with 9 remixes, and while they are most def. great, they are unnecessary. The first versions of the songs are all near perfect beat wise, but the remixes do make for an interesting listen, and I am sure that some people will prefer them to the original. After the remixes, there are 15 INSTRUMENTAL TRACKS FROM THE ALBUM!! :) :). This is a real treat for anybody that likes good beats, whether you're just a beat head, or an aspiring rapper that needs something to rap over. So for the price of a single disc album, the bonus disk of remixes and instrumentals def. makes this set warrant a purchase. Overall, great album. Get it.

Classic Madlib R.I.P J Dilla

J Dilla and Madib are the best producers period and this album proves it for each song one produces it and the other raps on it. My faves The Official and Mcnasty Filth get the intrumental version of these songs too.


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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