BY RON HART
Its been a good eight years since Madlib’s animated alter ego Quasimoto checked in with 2005’s The Further Adventures of Lord Quas.
But absence has indeed made the hip-hop heart grow fonder for the famed West Coast producer’s pigfaced, helium-voiced nom de plume, so much that even a collection of odds and ends spanning the 20 years of Quas’ existence is cause for applause.
12 songs clocking in at (TK) minutes, Yessir Whatever maintains the feel of a proper full-length despite its patchwork origins, however. So much, in fact, that you can barely tell which songs are from 2000 (an early version of The Unseen track “Green Power”), 2002 (“Astronaut”, the title track from a limited edition EP) or 2005 (the rare 2005 b-side “Seasons Change”) as Madlib’s seamless production brings a fluidity that defies time and space even by the astral traveling standards of “the poor man Gorillaz”.
Not to mention the fact that Yessir continues to place emphasis on the Lord’s obsession with iconic rock album art. This time, it’s the iconic Andy Warhol banana from the Velvet Undergound and Nico LP, reconfigured in the image of Quas himself to reveal the pink innards underneath his yellowy veneer.
Yessir Whatever may not be as essential as other titles in the extensive Madlib library, but is definitely worth checking out if you dig the id of his art.
DOWNLOAD: “Seasons Change”, “Planned Attack”