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D/B Recommended: Madlib feat. Freddie Gibbs & J Rocc @ Festsaal Kreuzberg Berlin | Thursday, 11.10.2012

Madlib is bringing a very special line-up to Europe under the banner of his recently wrapped 13-part album and mixtape series ‘Madlib Medicine Show’.

Freddie Gibbs, the most lyrical gangster on the scene, will join The Beat Konducta, who will be performing a DJ set. The duo surprised the hip-hop world with their collaboration on the ‘Thuggin’ and ‘Shame’ EPs their album is nearing completion.

J Rocc completes the line up and Madlib’s long-time foil (and the late J.Dilla’s decksman) will be sure to show why he’s one of the world’s most revered DJs.

Madlib & Freddie Gibbs | Shame

Describing himself as “a DJ first, producer second, and MC last,” Madlib is one of the many aliases of Otis Jackson, Jr., who has become one of the most celebrated, prolific, and eclectic artists in hip-hop since emerging on the scene in the early 1990s.

Also known as Beat Konducta, Quasimoto, Malik Flavors, DJ Lord Sutch, and the Loopdiggaz, among his dozens of handles, the unique sound and feel of Madlib’s work (created without computers, using old-school recording and sampling gear) has made him a valued collaborator with a number of leading hip-hop performers, and a celebrated figure in the underground rap community.

Madlib & Freddie Gibbs | Thuggin’

Otis Jackson, Jr. was born in Oxnard, California on October 24, 1973. His father, Otis Jackson, Sr., was a working jazz and blues musician, while his mother Sinesca was a guitarist and songwriter, and his uncle was the noted jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis.

Young Otis first became interested in the workings of a recording studio while watching his father at work, and he grew up soaking up a wealth of musical influences while developing a keen interest in hip-hop. In 1990, Jackson adopted the stage name Madlib when he joined the trio Lootpack with his friends DJ Romes and Wildchild.

J Rocc | Play This Also

When rapper King Tee heard the group, Lootpack were invited to make their recording debut as guests on the album 21 & Over by Tee’s crew Tha Alkaholiks; Madlib was also credited as a producer on one track.

Lootpack had a hard time scoring a record deal, and it wasn’t until 1995 that they released their first record on their own — the Psyche Move EP — on Crate Digga’s Palace, a label bankrolled by Madlib’s father.

Madlib | Take It Back

In time, Lootpack would cross paths with DJ and producer Peanut Butter Wolf, who signed the trio to his Stones Throw Records label. It was the beginning of a long relationship between Madlib and Stones Throw, who would release much of his future body of work.

Madlib feat. Freddie Gibbs & J Rocc

Thursday, 11 October 2012 | 19:00 CET
Festsaal Kreuzberg | Skalitzer Str. 130 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg

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