Madlib is a multi-genre producer, MC, instrumentalist, and avid crate digger and record collector. Born on October 24, 1973 in Oakland, California, he comes from a talented musical family with his father being soul singer Otis Jackson Sr., his brother being Oh No, his uncle being jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis, and his cousin being Kan Kick.
Rising to prominence in the late-'90s hip-hop scene, Madlib quickly made a name for himself as a rapper, producer, and DJ. With his childhood friends in the Lootpack, he showcased his expansive style and deft touch for composition. As an enthusiastic crate digger with a deep reverence for jazz and soul music, Madlib embarked on ambitious solo projects that captivated audiences.
In addition to collaborating with artists like DJ Romes and Wild Child in the Lootpack, Madlib worked extensively with Los Angeles DJ Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw label. He achieved critical success through albums such as Quasimoto's "The Unseen" where he handled vocals and production duties under both himself and his alter ego Quasimoto. Madlib also explored jazz through his Yesterday's New Quintet project where he played all the instruments himself.