J ROCC WRITES:
This is the first show we ever did. It was a party for the release of the Madvillain LP. We didn’t practice for the show, or any of them for that matter. I would ask them what they wanted to perform then they would go, “I don’t know….you make up the set list.”
Well, thank you to Madlib & the Stones Throw Family (Wolf, Jank & Egonavichi) for giving me such an experience. It was a blessing … Getting to spin for my favorite producers. I remember getting tapes from Jake One of Slum Village and beat tapes and just geeking out with the few homies who knew what time it was. Then I’m getting to d.j. and go on tour with this dude. Man, talk about a dream come true.
Anyhow, enough with the heartfelt moments.
MORE INFO: This was recorded at the Henry Fonda Theater, April 4, 2004, on the first night of the Madvillain/Jaylib tour for Madvillainy. Madlib & J. Rocc had performed Jaylib songs live, but this was the first show with J. Dilla, who had just moved to Los Angeles and joined the tour without being announced on the flyers. Another unannounced guest late into the set was Common. The voices you hear are B+ & Melo-D, who recorded this set.
The photos below were all taken from this show, on stage, back stage, and in the alley behind the theater. Color photos by Kiwamu Omae, black & white photo by Joao Canziani.