HEADPHONE HIGHLIGHTS Madlib: Beat Konducta Travels (Red Bull Radio)

In conjunction with the inaugural Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles, we’ve put together a special series of LA-centric programming, including both brand new shows and selections from our archives.

A celebrated beatmaker whose reach extends well beyond the world of hip-hop, Madlib is a reclusive figure who tends to let his music do the talking. Growing up part of a musical family in Oxnard, California, he adopted the name Madlib in 1990 while working with Lootpack, a trio that would later be signed to Stones Throw. Of all Madlib’s musical connections — and there are many — this link with Stones Throw would ultimately prove to be the most important, as the Los Angeles label has been responsible for releasing the bulk of Madlib’s extensive catalog. This includes his solo work under the name Quasimodo, high-profile collaborative projects like Jaylib (with J Dilla) and Madvillain (with MF Doom), groundbreaking beat tapes as the Beat Konducta, jazz experiments as Yesterdays New Quintet and Yesterdays Universe, not to mention dozens of pseudonyms and countless forays into assorted strains of jazz, funk, soul, electronic music and more. In 2010 Madlib started his own imprint, Madlib Invazion, as an outlet for his ambitious and expansive Medicine Show series, yet he continues to work with Stones Throw occasionally. He continues to collaborate with other artists, including Freddie Gibbs and Kanye West.