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WLIB AM: King Of The Wigflip Image

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critic Reviews What's this?

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

  • Summary: The latest album for the California hiphop artist includes guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Murs, Oh No, Guilty Simpson, and Defari.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
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  1. It's a beautiful, impossible dream, but for 54 mellow, blunted minutes, King Of The Wigflip makes it a glorious reality.
  2. Q Magazine
    This mixtape-style collection is more ramshackle than his most celebrated work, but it's still packed wirh inspired funk. [Dec 2008, p.127]
  3. 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.
  4. Under The Radar
    Wigflip is another document of Madlib weaving his near-impermeable armor of credibility despite some chinks. [Year End, p. 88]
  5. 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]
  6. Mojo
    WLIB AM is best taken as a whole. [Nov 2008, p.116]
  7. 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.

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  1. Sep 10, 2021
    I listened to 'Beat Konducta Vol. 1-2: Movie Scenes' (2006) few months ago and I enjoyed it a lot (I gave it a 8/10). So I don't deny the factI listened to 'Beat Konducta Vol. 1-2: Movie Scenes' (2006) few months ago and I enjoyed it a lot (I gave it a 8/10). So I don't deny the fact that I compared these two albums which are similar in their core but yet very different. It is obvious, after such an experience, that albums from Madlib like those should be taken as a whole. Listening to them in any other way seems really deleterious.

    On 'WLIB AM King of the Wigflip' Madlib also invites some friends of his as Guilty Simpson, Oh No, M.E.D or Talib Kweli. Together they deliver some (more or less) valuable bars on Madlib's production. If beat switches, radio interludes, gritty rhythms and obscure samples are part of Madlib's work in general, the combination of it all sounds more chaotic and unstructured as ever here. Where songs almost naturally fused into each others on 'Beat Konducta Vol. 1-2: Movie Scenes', on 'WLIB AM King of the Wigflip' on the opposite a lot feels forced and jerky as it contributes to leave some bad print on me. Many phases unfortunately sound really underwhelming as on 'Take That Money', 'Gambe on ya Boy', 'Go!' or 'What It Do'.

    In the end this project feels really unconvincing since the quantity overpasses the quality just as if Madlib wanted to keep each and every phase and sound he worked on in order to craft this album.