Bad Neighbor

by MED, Blu & Madlib

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Jeremy Leaming
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Jeremy Leaming there is a reason why so many slept on this -- it's mediocre. And Blu and Madlib are rabid queer haters. I'm sure Madlib resides in Orange County, Calif. and Blu is an evangelical Christian right nutcase.
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OriginalSoulboy I'm afraid I don't love this album. It's not a bad LP but I've loved Blu ever since I heard the Jesus LP. I bought everything I could lay my hands on. This just doesn't sound like a Blu (or or that matter a Madlib LP). I'm not saying he should go back to the lo-fi stuff as I loved the EP he did with Notts. This is the kind of hip hop that doesn't interest me,. Glossy, uninteresting beats (for Madlib!!!), dare I say commercial, use of singers etc. he needs to do a full LP with L'Orange!
J Sand
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J Sand Dope album, seems like they just got in the studio and rhymed over dope beats!!!! They recorded 30 tracks I would love to hear the ones that didnt make it! And also love how madlib plays those short beats at the end!!! Favorite track: Birds.
Justin Idlet
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Justin Idlet All the tracks are so good. I bought this album twice(copped the vinyl as a pre-order)!!! Favorite track: Drive In (feat. Aloe Blacc).
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Greetings 00:53
Mad Neighbor 01:03
Birds 03:39


With 100% beats by Madlib, Bad Neighbor is the brainchild of MED – a cornerstone in Stones Throw’s history -- and Blu – the voice behind modern classics like Below the Heavens -- who instantly clicked a decade earlier on tour with Emanon. The album is an exclamation point on the idea that began with The Burgundy EP, expanded to include Dam Funk and Mayer Hawthorne on The Buzz EP, and continued until contributions from Anderson.Paak (Dr. Dre’s Compton), Hodgy Beats (Odd Future), and the one-and-only MF DOOM made Bad Neighbor ready to launch.

But Bad Neighbor isn’t the first time MED and Madlib’s orbits have collided. A fellow head from the fertile crescent of Oxnard, CA, MED not only guested on the now-classic Soundpieces by Lootpack in ’99, he also dropped into Madvillain’s “Raid” (Madvillainy, 2004) and made his mark on Quasimoto’s Unseen (2000), not to mention making the sole MC appearance on Madlib’s acclaimed Shades of Blue. Madlib, in turn, provided the lion’s share of production on MED’s Classic and Push Comes to Shove alongside J Dilla and Oh No. Meanwhile Blu, besides earning HipHopDX’s “Rookie of the Year” bona fides, put LA back on the map alongside Exile (Below the Heavens, Give Me My Flowers…) and as a self-produced solo artist (Her Favorite Colour, Jesus, York!, Good to Be Home).

Bad Neighbor, although hazy, heavy, and blunted under the influence of Madlib’s aesthetic backbone, floats effortlessly above the smoke by virtue of MED and Blu’s sometimes topical, sometimes acrobatic, and always on-point interplay. The album is undoubtedly an extension of all three artists’ signature sounds, but it simultaneously defies all precedents to reaffirm each individual’s position at the forefront of LA’s legendary hip-hop landscape.


released October 30, 2015


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