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The Unseen

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Welcome to Violence
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Bad Character (Feat. Melvin Van Peebles)
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Microphone Mathematics
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Basic Insinct
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Goodmorning Sunshine (Feat. Melvin Van Peebles)
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Discipline 99, Pt. 0
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Low Class Conspiracy
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Return of the Loop Digga
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Real Eyes (Feat. Melvin Van Peebles)
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Come on Feet (Feat. Melvin Van Peebles)
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Bluffin
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Boom Music
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Mhbs
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Put a Curse on You (Feat. Melvin Van Peebles)
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Astro Black
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Green Power (Feat. Melvin Van Peebles)
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Jazz Cats, Pt. 1
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24-7
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The Unseen
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Phony Game
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Astro Travellin
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Blitz
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Axe Puzzles
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Discipline 99, Pt. 1
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Total Tracks: 24   Total Length: 63:09

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A Treat for the Hip Hop Hopeless!

paanders

This is the kind of hiphop that a jazzer (among others) will like. Or at least this jazzer loves it. Not too hectic or busy-sounding, inventive grooves, literate and funny lyrics, ear candy all-around. I guess the operative word is MUSICAL (down, grandpa). Naturally, I love "jazz cats" best of all.

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get it

AlexNC

Has a very 'indie' rap vibe. Fun lyrics, great beats, and a perfect companion for a nice buzz.

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Quasimoto Crew!

micSTEVE

THis album is amazing I loved it. Madlib is a genius for creating this guy. You have to download this album. Lord Quas! Best songs are Discipline 99 pt. 0, Bluffin, Boom Music, Astro Black, Green Power, Astro travelin, and Axe Puzzles.

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Back and lovin it.

slothedog

this stuff is sooo damn good.. i hadnt listened to any decent new hiphop for ages until i signed up to emusic.. id never heard of madlib, quasimoto, jay dilla or anyone.. im having a ball.. this album is truly fantastic.

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Now I just bag dips.....

FreddieJoeNunn

May be the single greatest album I own. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn of producer hip hop.

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Cornerstones Throw

ArmondoMfume

One of Madlib and Stones Throws best.

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LORD QUAS STOLE MY GIRLFRIEND

THEMSTREET.COM

this is truly one of the best albums i own. i can play it for days. to me, this is madlib's greatest albums - which is really saying something considering his pure genius and talent as well as countless unique and perfect albums.

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This is good hip hop

irussb

Thanks to tw13ve who certainly knows his music. I'd like to claim to have the same knowledge, but I'd be pretending if i said i did. So I know that what I say won't do this album justice, so all I'm gonna say is, download it...

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Glad to see this on eMusic at last!

tw13ve

Any fan of intelligent hip-hop should check this one out. If you're familiar with the more blunted-out styles of Mablib or MF Doom, all the better. Mablib and Quas are of course one and the same, plus a slight voice modulation, and he includes himself along with various other members of the Stone's Throw crew on several tracks. Fans of MF, especially his earlier production work, should appreciate Madlib's perchant for more bizzare samples in his beats, and the surreal story-scape that Quas raps about. Great album from start to finish.

They Say All Music Guide

Quasimoto’s The Unseen is one of the most imaginative albums of the new West Coast underground, a puzzling, psychedelic jazz-rap gem riddled with warped humor and fractured musical genius. Producer Madlib actually outdoes his inventive work on the Lootpack’s debut album, Soundpieces: Da Antidote!, crafting deep, dreamy jazz loops littered with found sounds and wiggy vocal samples. Quasimoto’s helium-huffing voice is actually Madlib’s, electronically altered for an effect not unlike Prince’s abandoned Camille project. It might put some listeners off as gimmicky, and it’s really a shame if it does, because it isn’t really the focal point of The Unseen’s left-field brilliance. It’s more of an added textural element for Madlib’s off-kilter soundscapes and a vehicle for the cartoonish humor hinted at in his choice of samples. The lyrics are highly free-associative (that is to say, stoned beyond belief), and by turns paranoid, threatening, or hallucinatory. But it all melts into the warm, druggy haze of the music; unlike, say, the Wu-Tang Clan or Dr. Octagon, this dream isn’t supposed to be a nightmare. Quas’ scattershot flow isn’t what you’d call technically accomplished, but that’s by design — he’s supposed to be fragmented, not quite all there. The song structures are similarly loose, with rhymes coming from nowhere and disappearing just as quickly; the tracks are short (all under four minutes) and end abruptly, as though Quas is too blunted to think of anything else to say. (Madlib does appear as himself on occasion, and usually sounds just as noncommittal as his “collaborator.”) Highlights are plentiful, and include the brilliant singles “Microphone Mathematics” and “Come on Feet,” the bizarre trash-talking of “Bad Character” and “Put a Curse on You,” and the joy-of-music cuts “Return of the Loop Digga” and “Jazz Cats, Pt. 1,” which recount Madlib’s obsession with record collecting and name-check his favorites. It takes some time to assimilate, but The Unseen gradually reveals itself as one of the most unique and rewarding albums of its era. [A deluxe edition released by Stones Throw in 2005 added to the original program the instrumentals version that was first issued in 2001.] – Steve Huey

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