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Madlib Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6

  • Words: Brigid Moore
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • XLR8R Rating: 7.5/10

Once a Beat Konducta, always a Beat Konducta. Madlib’s fifth and sixth installment of the Beat Konducta series most definitely delivers, especially to fans of the producer’s ongoing beat-tape opus. Produced with the help of Stones Throw comrade J Rocc as a tribute to the late J Dilla, the 42-track album comes exactly three years after Dilla’s death and sounds like it could have been an addition to his 2006 epic, Donuts. Characterized by Madlib’s witty arrangements and sample choices, Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6 is loaded with all the grimy charm, dusty string sections, and ’70s slow-jam interludes one would expect—it’s more of the same from Madlib, but that’s not a bad thing.

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