Quasimoto released The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
The names Quasimoto and Madlib have been linked for years, yet they’ve never been seen in the same room together.
Title: The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
Release date: 05/3/05
Label: Stones Throw
Single: Players Of The Game
Buy at: Amazon
In fact, Quasimoto’s never been seen in the same room with anyone – he’s The Unseen. But you can hear him - and there’s no mistaking what he sounds like.
Peanut Butter Wolf first heard him off a dusty old cassette, one of Madlib’s infamous beat tapes – the kind he’d make to listen to himself, maybe pass around to crew. Madlib and Quas had been up in Lost Gates, somewhere near Oxnard, CA, making music for years without the slightest intention of releasing it to the masses. Wolf got it out though – after some begging and pleading, and after signing a contract with Quas vowing not to reveal his name.
The Unseen came out in 2000 and caught praise by fans and critics alike. SPIN went off on Quasimoto’s “recipe for resin-caked jazz and crusty comedy samples as a new flavor for the bland world of mainstream rap” and stuck him smack between Madonna and Outkast in their best of the year list. URB too named the album one of the best of the year. In the tradition of artistic “role playing” in black music, Quas was compared favorably to RZA, Kool Keith, and even Prince (City Pages, St. Paul/Minneapolis). Another dude wrote that rap music “hasn’t been this far out since 3 Feet High and Rising” (Sleazenation). And a few commented on the voice. What a voice. Was it a tree-blazin’ ghetto chipmunk? A cartoon Martian? Naw, it’s neither - but close.
Lord Quas personally demands a high level of privacy, so Madlib and the heads at Stones Throw have been dodging questions about Lord Quas for years. Who is he? Why won’t he perform live? When’s the next album?
Mostly that last question.
The answer is now. Quasimoto is back with 26 tracks and 68 minutes of straight boom music. The Further Adventures find Lord Quas still digging for records, rolling blunts, and smackin’ dudes with bricks. Madlib, for his part, appears to have been saving some of his best beats for Quas, and some that others were maybe afraid to touch. Consider the book on Hip Hop thrown out the window. Quas probably smoked it.
They’ve got MF DOOM along for a reprise of the Madvillain-Quas collab on “Closer”. They’ve got M.E.D. from the Lootpack family up on “The Exclusive”. Melvin Van Peebles (legendary filmmaker, the “Baadasssss” himself) shows up again on several tracks, as he did on The Unseen, channeled through the officially sanctioned use of a sampler. Madlib also takes the mic for several tracks – among them “Rappcats”, the ultimate ode to 80s hip hop;“Raw Addict Part 2”, the ultimate ode to crate digging and sampling; “Another Demo Tape”, the track that might result in his never again being given a CD demo from a stranger. Quasimoto’s at no loss for words though. With some wild tales of crime sprees, kidnappings, and a fetish for some booty, we can assume he’ll still be known as “the Bad Character.”
Watch for a video for the lead track “Bullyshit” in May, followed by a short tour, for which Quasimoto may or may not show up.
The Further Adventures of Lord Quas Tracklisting
4. Hydrant Game
5. Don't Blink
6. Players of the Game
7. Bus Ride
8. Closer feat. Madvillain
10. Civilization Day (CD only)
11. Bartender Say
13. Another Demo Tape
14. Raw Deal
15. Mr. Two-Faced
16. The Exclusive feat. M.E.D.
18. J.A.N. (Jive Ass Niggaz)
19. Shroom Music
20. Rappcats Pt. 3
21. Strange Piano
22. Life Is...
23. The Clown
24. Raw Addict Pt. 2
"The Further Adventures of Lord Quas" by Quasimoto - release date: 05/3/05..