In Search Of Stoney Jackson
Label: Stones Throw Records
Madlib helmed over a dozen albums in 2010, including this production gig for Los Angeles hard-knock trio Strong Arm Steady. And In Search of Stoney Jackson was arguably the best of the lot. All of Madlib's tricks are in evidence here, including wacky, laugh-out-loud samples, tasty head-nod loops and a dusty, scratchy-record tone. Admirably, Strong Arm Steady manage to keep up with him, offering inspired rhymes on dietary methods ("Chittlins & Pepsi"), the current recession ( "Best of Times") and, of course, thuggin' out ("Bark Like a Dog").