Ashton James Brown gives his own insights into what made Madvillainy so special, 10 years after its release. Hip hop’s underground is often cited as the metaphorical promised land of the genre. A place where creativity and artistic freedom remain unfettered, with emcees and producers not having to bend their rhymes and sonic identities to whim of major label executives. The early 2000’s was a…

Snoop leaves the reggae behind to jump back to the Cadillacs in his new Madlib-produced G-funk voyage. He’s been Snoop Lion and Snoopzilla as part of funk duo 7 Days Of Funk but now we’re back to the OG Snoop Dogg for his new track with Madlib. Cadillacs shows Snoop having not lost anything after his reggae renaissance and wranglings with the Rasta community and…

Joe Mansfield’s book Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession is a must have for any drum machine connoisseurs. Are you on the lookout for a new book to adorn your coffee table? Well, drum machine geek Joe Mansfield has written a 200-page photo book (photos by Gary Land) dedicated to some of the most influential machines in music history. Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession features 75…

We interviewed hip hop duo Latyrx. A sixteen year gap between albums isn’t that common within the realms of hip hop but for Latyrx, the timing was perfect to drop their sophomore offering, The Second Album. We caught up with Lateef and discussed what the reasons for the “hiatus” and what we should expect from the album. Sampleface: Some of our readers might not have…

Stones Throw’s MED drops some outtakes from his Classic album, all free to download and all produced by Madlib. Hearing the words “MED”, “Madlib”, “Stones Throw” and “free download” are like catnip to me and I’m sure they are to millions of other fans out there. The Cali rapper threw up a selection of seven tracks, all Madlib produced, all outtakes from his Classic album….

Just before you get yourself ready for Yessir Whatever, Stones Throw have decided to re-release the instrumentals for Quasimoto’s Further Adventures of Lord Quas on double LP. The Unseen is a hip hop classic (in our eyes at least) and its sequel, Further Adventures of Lord Quas, extended the psilocybin mushroom fantasies that inspired the debut. So, before Quasimoto’s Yessir Whatever drops on 18th, Stones…

Knx(wledge) releases Anthology, a grand collection of beats from 2009-2013 available through Stones Throw. I always thought whoever snapped up Knx’s music for distribution would be onto something good and of course, one of my favourite indie labels was the one to do it. Now living in the land of Stones Throw – Los Angeles – Knx has already released music through the LA-based label;…

In another Funk Archaeology article for RBMA, Egon remembers the time when he went digging down under with Madlib (sort of) and J Rocc. When it comes to Egon, Madlib, J Rocc and crate digging, a great story can always be found lingering in the air. Brasilintime of course took them over to South America with a few more from the Stones Throw family but…