Champion Sound

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This article is about the Jaylib album. For the Fatboy Slim song, see Champion Sound (song).
Champion Sound
Studio album by J Dilla & Madlib
Released October 7, 2003
Recorded 2001-2003
Genre Hip hop
Label Stones Throw
Producer J Dilla, Madlib
J Dilla chronology
Ruff Draft
(2003)
Champion Sound
(2003)
Donuts
(2006)
Madlib chronology
Shades of Blue
(2003)
Champion Sound
(2003)
Madvillainy
(with MF DOOM as Madvillain)
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
RapReviews.com 7.5/10 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.4/10)[3]
The Grand Inquisitor (8/10)[4]

Champion Sound is an album by the duo Jaylib (hip hop musicians J Dilla and Madlib). Half of the songs are produced by Madlib and feature J Dilla on vocals, and the other half are produced by J Dilla and feature Madlib on vocals. This album was the first of the Madlib duo collaboration albums made during the 2000s.

History[edit]

Jaylib began in 2000 when DJ J Rocc of the Beat Junkies gave a CD of unused instrumental tracks by J Dilla to Madlib. Madlib then recorded vocals over these beats and labelled them "Jaylib", without the intention of actually releasing them. Stones Throw placed one of these recordings as the B-side to a promo 12" Madlib single, under the name Jaylib, which was eventually heard by Dilla. The pair recorded Champion Sound in separate cities, Madlib in Oxnard, California, and Dilla in Detroit, Michigan by sending recordings back and forth. The two met only once before or during this time, while Madlib was recording in Detroit for J Dilla's album on MCA Records; a record that was never released. The album was released in 2003 after much delay due to leaks and bootlegs and received positive reviews.

Following Dilla's move from Detroit to Los Angeles in 2004, they appeared together on tour in Spring 2004 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Toronto. Madlib debuted a yet-unreleased Jaylib song on a BBC radio show in May 2005 titled "Take It Back aka The Unofficial", produced by J Dilla with vocals by Madlib. The track was released on Adult Swim and Stones Throw's Chrome Children compilation.

Releases[edit]

The first pressings of the album in the USA contained two bonus tracks: "Raw Addict," and "Ice" (which otherwise are only on a white label 12" issued by Stones Throw); the first pressing of the CD in Europe included those two and a third track, "Pillz," which was later featured as the b-side to the 12-inch single for "McNasty Filth".

In 2005 Madlib's compilation of unreleased Jaylib tracks got leaked as an early version of Madvillain's Madvillainy did before. These two CDs were compiled by Madlib in late 2002 to listen to on a trip to Brazil.[5] The Jaylib compilation is called The Rough Drafts and the Madvillain compilation is called Madvillainy Preview.

The 2007 re-issue of Champion Sound was abruptly delayed when Stones Throw was issued a cease-and-desist from the camp of artist Cris Williamson.[citation needed] "The Red", one of the more popular songs from the LP, contained an unauthorized sample of her song "Shine On, Straight Arrow". The song appears on the reissue with an alternate beat, though one still arranged by Jay Dee.

An alternate beat was also used for the song "No Games" on the re-issue.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer Length
1. "L.A. To Detroit"   J Dilla, Madlib 1:19
2. "McNasty Filth" (featuring Frank-N-Dank) Madlib 2:55
3. "Nowadayz"   J Dilla 3:08
4. "Champion Sound"   Madlib 2:23
5. "The Red"   J Dilla 3:14
6. "Heavy"   Madlib 3:46
7. "Raw Shit" (featuring Talib Kweli) J Dilla 3:08
8. "The Official"   Madlib 3:31
9. "The Heist"   J Dilla 3:05
10. "The Mission"   Madlib 2:24
11. "React" (featuring Quasimoto) J Dilla 2:45
12. "Strapped" (featuring Guilty Simpson) Madlib 3:13
13. "Strip Club" (featuring Quasimoto) J Dilla 2:50
14. "The Exclusive" (featuring Percee P) J Dilla 1:23
15. "Survival Test"   Madlib 3:55
16. "Starz"   J Dilla 3:03
17. "No Games"   Madlib 1:47
18. "Raw Addict (Bonus)"   J Dilla 3:02
19. "Ice (Bonus)"   Madlib 1:17
20. "Pillz (Bonus)"   J Dilla  

Samples[edit]

  1. "L.A. to Detroit"
  2. "McNasty Filth"
  3. "Nowadayz"
    • Contains samples of "Wring Out the Ground (Loosely Now)" by Egg
  4. "Champion Sound "
  5. "The Red"
  6. "Heavy"
    • Contains a sample of Heavy Duty by Herman Chin Loy
    • Contains a sample of "One Step Beyond" by Madness
    • Contains a sample of "Stuffed Aubergine" by Vangelis (used in the outro beat)
  7. "Raw Shit"
  8. "The Official"
    • Contains a sample of "Diana In the Autumn Wind" by Gap Mangione
    • Contains a sample of "Stomped & Wasted" by Dizzy Gillespie
  9. "The Heist"
  10. "The Mission"
  11. "React"
  12. "Strapped" (Ft. Guilty Simpson) – 3:13
  13. "Strip Club"
  14. "The Exclusive"
    • Contains samples of "Here Comes The Hot Stepper" by Ini Kamoze
  15. "Survival Test"
    • Contains samples of "Been Music/Man Dole Mera Tan Dole" by Hermant Kumar, rather say "Leaving " from Steve Hackett "
  16. "Starz"
  17. "No Games"
    • Contains a sample of "Huit Octobre 1971" by Cortex
  18. "Raw Addict"
    • Contains a sample of "God Gave Rock And Roll To You" By Argent
  19. "Pillz"

Deluxe edition[edit]

Track listing
# Title Composer(s) Performer(s) Producer(s) Time
1 "L.A. to Detroit" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Jaylib
2 "McNasty Filth" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
F. Bush
D. Harvey
J Dilla
Frank-N-Dank
Madlib
3 "Nowadayz" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Madlib J Dilla
4 "Champion Sound" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
J Dilla Madlib
5 "The Red" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Madlib J Dilla
6 "Heavy" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
J Dilla Madlib
7 "Raw Shit" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
T. Greene
Madlib
Talib Kweli
J Dilla
8 "The Official" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
J Dilla Madlib
9 "The Heist" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib J Dilla
10 "The Mission" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
J Dilla Madlib
11 "React" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Madlib
Quasimoto
J Dilla
12 "Strapped" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Guilty Simpson
Jaylib
Guilty Simpson
Madlib
13 "Strip Club" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Madlib
Quasimoto
J Dilla
14 "The Exclusive" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
P. Simon
J Dilla
Percee P
J Dilla
15 "Survival Test" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
J Dilla Madlib
16 "Starz" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Madlib J Dilla
17 "No Games" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
J Dilla Madlib
18 "Raw Addict [Bonus Track]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Madlib J Dilla
19 "Pillz [Bonus Track]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Madlib J Dilla
Disc two

Tracks #1-9 were previously unreleased, whereas tracks #10-24 were previously unreleased on CD.

Track listing
# Title Composer(s) Performer(s) Producer(s) Time
1 "Da Rawkus [Sir Bang Version]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Jaylib
2 "The Official [Rap Circle Mix]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
3 "Heavy [Chronic Mix]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
4 "Optimos for Dilla (Interlude)" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Jaylib
5 "Survival Test [Rasta Dub Remix]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
6 "Champion Sound [Remix]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
7 "The Mission [Stringed Out Mix]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
8 "One for Dilla (Interlude)" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Jaylib
9 "Strapped [Four-4 Mix]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
10 "McNasty Filth [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
11 "Nowadayz [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib J Dilla
12 "Champion Sound [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
13 "The Red [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib J Dilla
14 "Heavy [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
15 "Raw Shit [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib J Dilla
16 "The Official [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
17 "The Heist [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib J Dilla
18 "The Mission [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
19 "React [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib J Dilla
20 "Strapped [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
21 "Strip Club [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib J Dilla
22 "The Exclusive [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib J Dilla
23 "Survival Test [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib Madlib
24 "Starz [Instrumental]" O. Jackson Jr.
J. Yancey
Jaylib J Dilla

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"The Red"
  • Released: June 16, 2003
  • B-side: The Official
"McNasty Filth" (featuring Frank-N-Dank)
  • Released: June 6, 2004
  • B-side: "Pillz"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ RapReviews.com review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ The Grand Inquisitor review
  5. ^ Stones Throw Records

External links[edit]