Madlib Releases A New Instrumental. Which MC Would Rock It Best? Hmm…(Audio)

It’s been a quiet few years for Madlib. Since his 2014 joint album with Freddie Gibbs and his solo LP, Rock Konducta Part 1 & Part 2, the enigmatic producer/MC has been almost completely absent from the scene, save for a couple of records here and there. When he has resurfaced, the results have been typically stellar, such as with “No More Parties In L.A.,” the record he produced for Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, and his “Knock Knock” production for DOOM, MED and Blu. Over a year ago, he and Gibbs announced a sequel to their Pinata album, but, so far, that has not materialized.

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Today, Madlib has released his first new music of 2017. It comes in the form of a 7″ record that, according to PitchFork, is only available at and Technical Equipment Supply, a record store and label run by Todd Osborn in Ypsilanti, MI. The record’s two sides consist of new instrumentals titled “10 Summers Old” and “Barrel Proof.”

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Thankfully, Madlib has made “10 Summers Old” available, digitally, and it does not disappoint. The song is filled with his trademark chops, dusty Soul, and ear candy samples, throughout. The horns in the track seem to come from Albert King’s “I’ll Play The Blues For You,” a song sampled in the past by Big Daddy Kane, JAY-Z and, most recently, Torae.

While the song does not appear to be intended for a specific MC, it sounds like the type of track tailor-made for Ghostface Killah. He and Madlib worked together on 2006’s “Block Rock,” from Ghost’s More Fish album. Whether Madlib had Dennis Coles in mind or not when he made the record, this would be a nice addition to their joint catalog.

Who could you see rocking this track?