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It's Madlib the Bad Kid, back with another album by another alter ego. This time, it's Quasimoto, and it's his sophomore album, The Further Adventures of Lord Quas. This album has the same production of The Unseen, but perhaps not too gritty/raw. I believe Further Adventures was a big departure from the style of The Unseen. Unseen was full of crispy and boom bap beats paired with excellent piano, bass, and trumpet (and just general jazz) samples, along with scratching and overall superb production. Madlib once said something along the lines of, "Quas only comes out when I do shrooms.” Well, while The Unseen was a good, mellow trip, Further Adventures is a bad, hectic one.
With this album, Madlib takes a pretty big step into more experimental territory. It includes many lo fi beats drenched in an acid bath of soul, blaxplotation skits, and the general erratic but enjoyable obscure sampling style of Madlib that brings his projects together. It feels conceptual in a way, like you’re riding in the back seat of a car with Quas, and he’s telling you about his experience with hustling, weed, hustling weed, and music in general. This album transforms Quas into a more versatile character, including avant garde samples and just general lo fi bits in general.
In the style of Madlib, most songs are short and noncommercial, filled with many interludes and samples; most songs don't make it past the three minute mark. Every song segues into each other, giving off a “progressive hip hop” feel. Nothing about this album comes off as too deep, though, and I consider that a positive, as it is not a serious release. It’s the type of album you can just relax and listen to. 9/10 of the albums Madlib makes are solid gold for the hip hop conscious. I consider him, as a producer and artist in general, criminally overrated in the hip hop game. He’s like a hidden gem.
Overall, Further Adventures is an excellent album while coming off as more conceptual and experimental than The Unseen. However, it didn't seem to have the "classic" factor as Unseen did and thus people today and then didn't / don't like it. It’s still the same crazy Quas with his usual playful, braggadocio behavior. While there were few features on it like the famous MF DOOM, when they feature, they sure shine, nearly outperforming Quas when doing so. Personally, I like The Further Adventures of Lord Quas more than The Unseen, but that’s just my personal preference. What is undeniable, though, is that Madlib shines through his Quasimoto persona. He only released one more Quasimoto album succeeding Further Adventures, and it’s a compilation of Unseen and Further unreleased tracks and vinyl-only singles, so I recommend listening to that also if you’re a fan of said albums.
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