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Madlib Shares The Psychedelic 'Mind Fusion: African Earwax' Mixtape

Beatmaking legend Madlib drops the psychedelic 'African Earwax' mixtape, the latest installment from his 'Mind Fusion' mixtape series.


Beatmaking master Madlib drops the psychedelic Mind Fusion: African Earwax mixtape for your summer jam desires, a rare mélange of dream pop and soulful instrumentals sliced with funky African rhythms. The producer's been known to look to Africa for an eclectic vision of new wave grooves to influence his repertoire and this jazz-infused mixtape adds yet another notch to his all-encompassing belt. Last week, the multifaceted artist released 30 exclusive copies of the sixth Mind Fusion installment, each with unique hand-drawn cover art by Jason Jagel, at the Doomsday Show at Rappcats in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the CDs quickly sold out but luckily The Beat Konducta has graced us with the hour-long project to stream in full on his new mixcloud page. African Earwax is the latest from his Mind Fusion mixtape series, which features five records ranging from Hip Hop Remixes, Nas Vs. Jay Z to Dirty Crates From Around The World. Stream Madlib's Mind Fusion: African Earwax below and read more about it on Okayplayer.

Mind Fusion: African Earwax by Madlib on Mixcloud

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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