Champion Sound

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Champion Sound
Champion Sound album cover.jpg
Studio album by Jaylib (J Dilla and Madlib)
Released October 7, 2003 (2003-10-07)
Recorded 2001–2003
Genre Hip hop
Length 52:08
Label Stones Throw Records
Producer J Dilla, Madlib
J Dilla chronology
Ruff Draft
(2003) Ruff Draft2003
Champion Sound
(2003) Champion Sound2003
(2006) Donuts2006
Madlib chronology
Shades of Blue
(2003) Shades of Blue2003
Champion Sound
(2003) Champion Sound2003
(with MF Doom, as Madvillain)
(2004) Madvillainy2004
Singles from Champion Sound
  1. "The Red / The Official"
    Released: June 16, 2003
  2. "McNasty Filth / Pillz"
    Released: June 6, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club mixed[2]
Cleveland Scene favorable[3]
Exclaim! favorable[4]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media 7.4/10[6]
Stylus Magazine A[7]

Champion Sound is a studio 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.


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 City, 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.


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 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.[8] 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.


In 2010, Champion Sound was listed by Black Milk as one of the "Top Ten Albums of the Last Decade".[9] In 2015, it ranked at number 41 on Fact's "100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time" list.[10] In that year, it was also listed by HipHopDX as one of the "30 Best Underground Hip Hop Albums Since 2000".[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) 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" J Dilla 3:02
19. "Ice" Madlib 1:17
20. "Pillz" J Dilla 3:05
Deluxe edition: Disc 1
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "L.A. to Detroit" Jaylib  
2. "McNasty Filth" Madlib  
3. "Nowadayz" J Dilla  
4. "Champion Sound" Madlib  
5. "The Red (Remix)" J Dilla 3:22
6. "Heavy" Madlib  
7. "Raw Shit" J Dilla  
8. "The Official" Madlib  
9. "The Heist" J Dilla  
10. "The Mission" Madlib  
11. "React" J Dilla  
12. "Strapped" Madlib  
13. "Strip Club" J Dilla  
14. "The Exclusive" J Dilla  
15. "Survival Test" Madlib  
16. "Starz" J Dilla  
17. "No Games" Madlib  
18. "Raw Addict" J Dilla  
19. "Pillz" J Dilla  
Deluxe edition: Disc 2
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Da Rawkus (Sir Bang Version)" Jaylib  
2. "The Official (Rap Circle Mix)" Madlib  
3. "Heavy (Chronic Mix)" Madlib  
4. "Optimos for Dilla (Interlude)" Jaylib  
5. "Survival Test (Rasta Dub Remix)" Madlib  
6. "Champion Sound (Remix)" Madlib  
7. "The Mission (Stringed Out Mix)" Madlib  
8. "One for Dilla (Interlude)" Jaylib  
9. "Strapped (Four-4 Mix)" Madlib  
10. "McNasty Filth (Instrumental)" Madlib  
11. "Nowadayz (Instrumental)" J Dilla  
12. "Champion Sound (Instrumental)" Madlib  
13. "The Red (Instrumental)" J Dilla  
14. "Heavy (Instrumental)" Madlib  
15. "Raw Shit (Instrumental)" J Dilla  
16. "The Official (Instrumental)" Madlib  
17. "The Heist (Instrumental)" J Dilla  
18. "The Mission (Instrumental)" Madlib  
19. "React (Instrumental)" J Dilla  
20. "Strapped (Instrumental)" Madlib  
21. "Strip Club (Instrumental)" J Dilla  
22. "The Exclusive (Instrumental)" J Dilla  
23. "Survival Test (Instrumental)" Madlib  
24. "Starz (Instrumental)" J Dilla  


  1. ^ Samuelson, Sam. "Jaylib - Champion Sound". AllMusic. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan (October 14, 2003). "Jaylib: Champion Sound". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ Arnold, Eric K. (December 24, 2003). "Jaylib - Champion Sound (Stones Throw)". Cleveland Scene. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ Dix, Noel (August 16, 2007). "Jaylib: Champion Sound". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ J-23 (November 15, 2003). "Jaylib - Champion Sound". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ Sylvester, Nick (November 18, 2003). "Jaylib: Champion Sound". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ Young, Nate De (November 14, 2003). "Jaylib - Champion Sound". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on May 10, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ Stones Throw Records Archived June 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Mlynar, Phillip (September 14, 2010). "Detroit Producer Black Milk's Top Ten Albums of the Last Decade". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ "41. Jaylib - Champion Sound (Stones Throw, 2003)". Fact. February 25, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  11. ^ "The 30 Best Underground Hip Hop Albums Since 2000". HipHopDX. August 26, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 

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