California native Madlib (born Otis Jackson Jr.) is a multitalented recording artist who infamously describes himself as a “DJ first, producer second, and MC last.” While most commonly known by his moniker, Madlib, he has released music under a variety of pseudonyms throughout the course of his career. Born into a musically gifted family, Madlib grew up exposed to a variety of musical genres, with hip-hop specifically winning him over. In 1990, his Madlib alias was born, as he joined the trio Lootpack along with his friends DJ Romes and Wildchild. Lootpack released their first project The Psyche Move EP in 1995 via Crate Digga’s Palace, a label funded by Madlib’s father. This led them to sign to Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stones Throw label, which Madlib would end up calling his longtime home. Lootpack’s debut album, Soundpieces: Da Antidote arrived in 1999. By this time Madlib was keeping busy with other projects as a producer, as well as trying out his Quasimoto alias. In 2000, he released his first project as Quasimoto, The Unseen, which featured treated and distinctively high-pitched vocals and spacious, jazzy production. The next handful of years saw many fruitful collaborations—working with his former Lootpack affiliate, Wildchild, on Secondary Protocol, teaming up with J. Dilla as Jaylib, plus releasing music with MF Doom under the name Madvillian. His production credits include De La Soul, Dudley Perkins, Mos Def, Guilty Simpson, Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and more. With an extensive discography spanning over two decades, including his notable 13-part series Medicine Show—which saw the release of one album a month for a full year—Madlib is one of the most celebrated and creative artists to emerge from the early ‘90s.

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