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CONDITION: Second hand – Mint (M)
This vinyl album consists of 2LP
Released in 2000, “The Unseen” quickly established itself as one of the hidden hits of the new decade, at a time when producer Madlib and label Stone Throw were little known outside of hip-hop DJ circles. This album marked Madlib’s solo debut, but at the time of its creation, Quasimoto‘s identity remained a mystery. Was it Madlib himself? Maybe, maybe not. But in reality, it didn’t matter.
Quasimoto was created by Madlib as an alter ego to rap to his own beats, for the purpose of private listening, while residing in Oxnard and Santa Barbara in the 1990s. “The Unseen” is the brainchild of the conviction of Madlib and Peanut Butter Wolf, convinced of the need to share these recordings with the rest of the world. The album cover was done by Jeff Jank.
The sequel to “The Unseen” is called “The Further Adventures of Lord Quas”, continuing the musical exploration and singular universe of Quasimoto.
Label : Stone Throw
LP reissue (STH2025)
Published in 2000, “Quasimoto – The Unseen” quickly established itself as an unsung success of the first decade of this second millennium. A time when producer Madlib and the Stone Throw label had little fame outside of hip-hop DJ circles.
Marking Madlib’s solo debut under the mysterious identity of Quasimoto, an alter ego created to rap over his own beats during his years in Oxnard and Santa Barbara in the 90s, the album “Quasimoto – The Unseen” was born. of strong conviction from Madlib and Peanut Butter Wolf: They believed they should share these recordings with the rest of the world.
Madlib has meticulously composed these tracks using the best samples from his vinyl collection, delivering relentless loops that deftly fuse elements of film soundtracks, jazz, funk and rap, resulting in a surprising result that celebrates the greatness of hip hop.
To remedy his voice deemed too deep, Madlib had the idea of modifying the tone of the vocal tracks by pitching them, thus giving birth to a surprising MC, an adult version of Casimir, with a nasal flow inflated with helium. Quasimoto embodies the “rebellious” version of Madlib, acting and saying what the producer would not dare to do.
Initially, Quasimoto was supposed to remain an invisible entity, but thanks to the talents of art director Jeff Jank, he took the form of a very endearing drawn character, so much so that he now finds himself ubiquitous in various forms, such as stuffed animals. , tattoos or even as an internet meme.
The “The Unseen” album cover is designed by Jeff Jank. The sequel to the album, entitled “The Further Adventures of Lord Quas”, continues the musical introspection of Quasimoto’s unique universe.