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Quasimoto - The Further Adventures of Lord Quas

posted on Sep 19, 2005
Quasimoto - The Further Adventures of Lord Quas

The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
Stones Throw, 2005

Midway through The Further Adventures of Lord Quas, Madlib and his alter(ed) ego Quasimoto are busy pushing musical dope to fiends. “Any style hip-hop you want… 10 bucks apiece,” Madlib offers. “Yo, you can give ‘em a deal. Five bucks, they’re good customers,” Quas interjects. This interlude (from “Raw Deal”) reveals the ethos behind Madlib/Quasimoto’s craft. The money is nice, sure, but mainly – like a “pied piper in a helicopter” – he just wants to get you high.

Weed is present in every corner of The Further Adventures, like the scent of stale smoke in Madlib’s studio. On “Maingirl,” Quasimoto recites a list of honeys – think Jay-Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” on acid – before revealing that his favorite lady “comes in all green, in clear sacks.” “Mr. Two-Faced” is an indictment of scheming friends, where “I think you stole my weed” is the most damning accusation Madlib can make. Even the apocalyptic vision of “Civilization Day” incorporates ganja-laced similes: “Revelations is on its way like ya next spliff,” Quas predicts. The most obvious ode to herb is “Greenery,” which is (unsurprisingly) one of the album’s high points. The song sounds like 8-bit boom music, with synthesizer lines spiraling out around stiff drums before the whole track dissolves into a reprise of the pseudo-PSA from “America’s Most Blunted.”

While some of Madlib/Quasimoto’s lyrics are one-dimensional, his beats tell another story. The jazz loops that dominate Quas’ debut LP The Unseen are outnumbered here by tracks that draw from damn near everything: “psychedelic record covers, standards / funk, soul, classic rock / electronic palettes.” Truth be told Madlib’s production is exhaustively eclectic, as evidenced by the sparse congas of “1994” to the Runaway Slave horn stabs on “Fatbacks.” Madlib is clearly talented at making beats, but at times he seems to lack a sense of balance or sequence. Faced with the task of putting together an album, he piles on 27 tracks (more if you count the Pete Rock-style beat snippets between songs) with seemingly no regard for structure, coherence, or brevity. It doesn’t help that several of the songs are stylistically redundant: “Players of the Game” and “Life Is,” for example, use the same combination of a jerky, minimal beat with a sampled vocal hook.

In the end, while the good outweighs the bad on The Further Adventures, there are many moments of mediocrity. This is not Madlib’s opus and it’s not even the sequel to MadVillainy that many listeners may have hoped for. It would be going too far to say that Madlib is incapable of carrying an album on his own, but nonetheless, the presence of a collaborator to weed out wack beats and streamline the tracklist is sorely missing.

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Comments for "Quasimoto - The Further Adventures of Lord Quas"

  1. good review…but you forgot to mention that joint with the drunkard asking for change, shit’s song of the year (lol)


    M:akai    May 19, 05:11 PM   
  2. Dope review. I may have been feeling the beats a little more and the lyrics even less, but it seems like we both agreed that this one is all over the map.

    Besides which the ill voice gimmick is cute in short doses but could ruin any dope rhyme over the long haul, even if penned by Pharoahe Monch or Ras Kass.

    DJ Flash    Jun 22, 06:38 AM   
  3. hey man you said some nice serious shit right there, but i think you got the wrong idea about what you say is “stylistically redundant” – as you said before – the money is nice, and he wants to get you high – but hell we’re all human who care for themeselves first and foremost. i think that madlib is strictly for the kicks and madness of beat making, sampling, electronic sound, and rhyming..sometimes whats hides behind the music is pure fun.
    when you say “This is not Madlib’s opus and it’s not even the sequel to MadVillainy that many listeners may have hoped for”, i say madlib is so diverse and so full of shades and tints, everyone can relate to him. sometimes hes there only for the crazy ingenius beats as in “Movie Scenes” sometimes hes mixing and fixing crazy shit dj style in “mind fusion”, sometimes he goes for the crazy beats and rhymes with hes crazy alter ego, sometimes he just likes to go mad on the instruments with the absolutly astonishing jazz funk quint-alter-ego “yesterdays new quintet”.....and from time to time he collabs with the best players in the game..which CANT be bad even if he wants it to.
    madlib is truely an inspiration for whomever is open minded and can see the world for more than meets the eye.

    guy    Jan 11, 06:51 AM   
  4. madlib is a downright musical craftsman. the subtleties in his production on this album are astonishing. to my ears ,he’s the best out there. on this album he openly abandons structure and traditional concepts of what an album is “supposed to be”. but, it’s a testament to his brilliance, not a shortcoming! the whole album ends up feeling like an improvisation. of all the madlib i’ve heard, this is best….
    and i’m glad you quoted my favorite quas line ever. “..but my favorite lady comes in all green, in clear sacks.”

    david    Oct 4, 08:43 PM