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Lootpack was the old band of some familiar faces; Madlib, Wildchild and DJ Romes. Their 1999 triple-LP 'SOundpieces: Da Antidote!' is a bona fide hip hop classic but there were also a handful of singles that were lost in the mists of time until now. This EP collects a couple of tracks I'd not heard before, a remix of 'Weededed' and then the instrumentals for all three on the other side.
These are all great cuts too, the title track in particular is super charming in the context of Madlib's career trajectory in the years since it was released, it's all about how keeping it real involves spending hours and hours in record stores tracking down fresh sounds for loops. It's a great multi-movement lesson in old school hip-hop which is of course jammed with sweet samples and strangely trippy bits of beatless concrete.
The rhyming is very late '90s, 'Weededed Remix' feat Oh No & Rasco has a cheeky little keyboard sample over some simple mic-passing fun that wouldn't sound out of place on the first Jurassic 5 album, and the lyrics are cool too, talking about how it's not that they don't like weed but they rap better without it. Setting a good example for the kids in the form of a word in their ear about the pros and cons.
It's old school hip hop focusing on fresh samples and fluid rhymes from some positive role models. Still good.
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