12. Figaro – prod. by Madlib

Next up is an absolutely phenomenal beat by one of my absolute favorite underground producers, Madlib, who you may know from “No More Parties in L.A.” off of Kanye’s new album, or the stellar collaboration with Freddie Gibbs, Piñata. Madlib, or Otis Jackson Jr., grew up in a very musically inclined family, and it shows. His parents were musicians, his younger brother is also a producer and rapper, and his uncle is a jazz trumpeter. The melody has sinister undertones that perfectly fits MF DOOM’s villainous persona, and there are multiple layers to the production, including samples from jazz musician Dr. Lonnie Smith’s “In the Beginning” and “Jeannine.” MF DOOM is also a very intriguing MC. Born in England to Trinidadian and Zimbabwean parents, he has spent most of his life living in the US, and spits incredible bars here. Fantastic pairing, I’m looking forward to whatever projects either of these two will be releasing in the future.

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