WLIB AM: King Of The Wigflip

  • Record Label: Rapster
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2008
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. It's a beautiful, impossible dream, but for 54 mellow, blunted minutes, King Of The Wigflip makes it a glorious reality.
  2. The beats are excellent as well, loping and stuttering and falling over each other in Madlib's best Drunken Master style. Although there are plenty of instrumentals, at least three-quarters of WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip is given over to vocal features.
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    This mixtape-style collection is more ramshackle than his most celebrated work, but it's still packed wirh inspired funk. [Dec 2008, p.127]
  4. The Wire
    80
    For every track that delivers the expected, another does something quite extraordinary. [Oct 2008, p.72]
  5. WLIB AM has a better hit-to-miss ratio than just about any radio station you can name anyways.
  6. 70
    It’s a rare thing to find so many talented collaborators (notably Guilty Simpson, Oh No, & Murs) on top of the skills of such a creative and accomplished selector as Madlib. WLIB AM puts an odd twist on oldschool and dresses to impress.
  7. Under The Radar
    70
    Wigflip is another document of Madlib weaving his near-impermeable armor of credibility despite some chinks. [Year End, p. 88]
  8. 60
    Too bad inconsistent vocal performances from Prince Po to MED, tempt you to switch the dial on this hour-long jam. [Nov 2008, p.96]
  9. Mojo
    60
    WLIB AM is best taken as a whole. [Nov 2008, p.116]
  10. Uncut
    60
    There's a sense that he's doing little more than cobbling together offcuts from his recent stream of projects. [Dec 2008, p.105]
  11. As often as it seems like Madlib might be a genius, there are records like this that prove true the old adage of “quality versus quantity.”
  12. Wigflip feels like the type of thing Madlib could churn out on any given lazy Sunday afternoon.
  13. The sick is far outweighed by the sloppy as the selection shifts from slo-mo chronic puffers to wobbly boozer bumps bracketed by two thugged-out rips by Guilty Simpson.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 25, 2014
    5
    Undoubtedly, WLIB AM contains some great cuts, mainly due to Madlib's consistently stunning production: "The Thang-Thang" and "Yo Yo AffairUndoubtedly, WLIB AM contains some great cuts, mainly due to Madlib's consistently stunning production: "The Thang-Thang" and "Yo Yo Affair Pt. 1" stand out most of all, to my ears at least. But this record is really nothing more than a hotchpotch of musical themes and ideas which Madlib is casually experimenting with, most probably whilst high. Experimentation in mainly-instrumental hip-hop is of course not inherently bad, quite on the contrary; but the album's general atmosphere seems to attempt to recreate something like J Dilla's Donuts; its mixtape feel is perhaps an attempt to associate itself with something of the same vein as the aforementioned masterpiece, which it just isn't. I understand that this is just one of many "informal" Madlib projects, and can't therefore be viewed as a "serious effort at a studio album" as such; at least not like Madvillainy or The Unseen definitely were. But I also understand that Madlib can do much better, especially as far as features are concerned: the stellar production on "Go", for example, is negated by Guilty Simpson's dreadful verse. Madlib for one should known better by avoiding this defecation on his beat, while Guilty Simpson should have known better by retiring a long time ago. Ultimately, this isn't a bad album by any means. Its production, as I have already said, is entertaining, and for the most part, its features are bearable. It would be fair to say, however, that it has no clear direction or goal that it wishes to achieve; it's just a set of 24 tracks: some parts good, some parts very bad. I'm just not sure if the whole deserves to add up to the sum of these parts. B- Full Review »