Song of the Day: “Knock Knock” by Madlib, MED & Blu feat. MF DOOM
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Even though every Song of the Day is equally special, today’s song has a little extra kick to it. “Knock Knock” by MED, Blu & Madlib (feat. MF DOOM) is a rare beauty. It comes from the new record dropped by the formidable team of MED, Blu & Madlib, called “Bad Neighbor,” which is a project that dropped with little fanfare. That being said, these three artists have a strong fanbase, and for me personally, all I need to see are some Madlib production credits and I’m there. “Knock Knock” catches Lord Quas in his element, as the three emcees flow over a deep, phasered-out disco sample. If you listen to the original Bernie Worrell song, Quas didn’t really need to flip the sample that much to make you knock your head to it, but, especially in the opening minute, you can hear the spots where the magic flew from the fingertips of Madlib.
But wait, that’s the just the beat we’re talking about. DOOM was a perfect choice for a feature, as few people have the lyrical oddness to mesh with a Madlib track. His verse is short and sweet, and there’s really nothing more I can say about it that hasn’t already been said about sliced bread, Stan Smith’s or the wheel. You already knew Blu and MED were bringing their A-game, and I especially dug Blu’s sound over Madlib’s instrumentals. This whole album is an 8/10 experience, and, while it was good, it only succeeded in whetting my appetite for some more Madlib music.