Going back to the days when Stones Throw was run out of a house with Madlib's rented set of vibes in the living room, one thing I always loved to do was covers for Madlib's unreleased works – the private albums, the beat tapes, the "maybe someday we'll release it" type albums.
Juxtapoz Magazine today published an interview with Jason Jagel, who was invited to draw cover for a couple of these private albums – Monkin, made under the name of the Yesterdays New Quintet character Monk Hughes, and Soul Food from Kamala Walker and the Soul Tribe, another fabulous group from Madlib's YNQ universe. Technically the Kamala record was never completed, a shame because the cover was one of my favorites.
HERE'S THE ARTICLE:
JUXTAPOZ – JASON JAGEL, MADLIB, AND ENTANGLED CONVERSATIONS
One or two tracks from Monkin' were released on Madlib's 10-inch record that accompanied Jagel's book 73 Funshine. Still a few copies up in the Stones Throw shop.
As for the vibes, they were never returned.
– Jeff Jank