With 100% beats by Madlib, Bad Neighbor is the brainchild of MED Š—– a cornerstone in Stones ThrowŠ—Ès history -- and Blu Š—– 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. DreŠ—Ès Compton), Hodgy Beats (Odd Future), and the one-and-only MF DOOM made Bad Neighbor ready to launch.
But Bad Neighbor isnŠ—Èt the first time MED and MadlibŠ—Ès 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 Š—È99, he also dropped into MadvillainŠ—Ès Š—“RaidŠ—? (Madvillainy, 2004) and made his mark on QuasimotoŠ—Ès Unseen (2000), not to mention making the sole MC appearance on MadlibŠ—Ès acclaimed Shades of Blue. Madlib, in turn, provided the lionŠ—Ès share of production on MEDŠ—Ès Classic and Push Comes to Shove alongside J Dilla and Oh No. Meanwhile Blu, besides earning HipHopDXŠ—Ès Š—“Rookie of the YearŠ—? bona fides, put LA back on the map alongside Exile (Below the Heavens, Give Me My FlowersŠ—_) 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 MadlibŠ—Ès aesthetic backbone, floats effortlessly above the smoke by virtue of MED and BluŠ—Ès sometimes topical, sometimes acrobatic, and always on-point interplay. The album is undoubtedly an extension of all three artistsŠ—È signature sounds, but it simultaneously defies all precedents to reaffirm each individualŠ—Ès position at the forefront of LAŠ—Ès legendary hip-hop landscape.
2. Serving (feat. Hodgy Beats)
3. Peroxide (feat. Dam-Funk, DJ Romes)
4. Get Money (feat. Frank Nitt)
5. Streets (feat. Oh No, DJ Romes)
6. The Stroll (feat. AMG)
7. Knock Knock (feat. MF DOOM)
8. Mad Neighbor
9. The Strip (feat. Anderson .Paak)
10. Finer Things (feat. Likewise, Phonte)
11. Burgundy Whip (feat. Jimetta Rose)
12. Drive In (feat. Aloe Blacc)
13. Belly Full (feat. Black Spade)
15. The Buzz (feat. Mayer Hawthorne)