by Winston "Stone" Ford
Most of y’all know that I’ve been on a hip-hop hiatus lately. Its not the music itself–because contrary to popular belief there is good hip-hop out there, but its mainly because too much of one thing is hazordous to your health.
Although I’ve heard bits and pieces of their work, I’ve only recently fully gotten into Yesterday’s New Quintet.? Quite franly its probably some of the best music produced this decade (yeah I said it). If you don’t know, YNQ is the five piece jazz/funk/electronic creation of the one and only Madlib, which plays the role of each? “musician” in the group, including himself. Borderline schizophrenia never sounded so good.
On Yesterday’s Universe, the band is back along with new jazz groups such as the The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble and the Young Jazz Rebels, and Jackson Conti? who are all extensions of the main himself. He’s also backed up by Karriem Riggins who most of y’all know from his work with the Roots, Dilla, and Slum Village. The result is an amazing collection of throwback jazz, funk, latin and electronic music that shows the sheer genious of one, Otis Jackson Jr.