Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Madlib "Medicine Show vol 1: Before the Verdict" (2010)
The first volume of Madlib's "Medicine Show" series is a bit schizophrenic. It comes across as more of an odds & sods project, with guest vocalist Guilty Simpson being the unifying factor. That in & of itself is a weakness, at least for me, as I am not much of a GS fan. In theory, the tension between his dead serious, street level rhymes, & Madlib's playful intellectualism should be intriguing. In practice, Madlib seems pulled down. When working with more talented collaborators he steps his game up. Here, he feels too much like he's going through the motions.