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Rock Konducta is an ongoing album series released by hip hop musician Madlib. The term "Rock Konducta" comes from Madlib producing hip hop instrumentals using rock and roll and krautrock samples. The series began officially in 2013 with the introduction of Rock Konducta 45.

Madlib rapper, producer

Otis Jackson Jr., known professionally as Madlib, is an American DJ, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and rapper. He is one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed hip hop producers of the 2000s and has collaborated with different hip hop artists, under a variety of pseudonyms, including with MF DOOM, as well as J Dilla. Madlib has described himself as a "DJ first, producer second, and MC last," and he has done several projects as a DJ, mixer, or remixer.

Rock and roll is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s from musical styles such as gospel, jump blues, jazz, boogie woogie, and rhythm and blues, along with country music. While elements of what was to become rock and roll can be heard in blues records from the 1920s and in country records of the 1930s, the genre did not acquire its name until 1954.

Krautrock is a broad genre of experimental rock that developed in Germany in the late 1960s among bands drawing on diverse sources such as psychedelic rock, the avant-garde, electronic music, funk, minimalism, jazz improvisation, and world music styles. The term "krautrock" was coined by English-speaking music journalists in the early 1970s as a humorous umbrella label for the varied German scene. Largely divorced from the traditional blues and rock and roll influences of British and American rock music up to that time, the period contributed to the evolution of electronic and ambient music as well as the birth of post-punk, alternative rock and new-age music.


Rock Konducta 45

Rock Konducta 45
EP by Madlib
Released June 7, 2013
Genre Instrumental hip hop, rap rock
Label Madlib Invazion
(Catalog # MMS016)
Producer Madlib
Madlib chronology
(2013) Shame2013
Rock Konducta 45
(2013) Deeper2013

Rock Konducta 45 the introductory project to the Rock Konducta instrumental albums by hip hop producer Madlib. It was released on vinyl on Madlib Invazion Records and introduced five selected tracks from the Rock Konducta project.

An instrumental is a musical composition or recording without lyrics, or singing, although it might include some inarticulate vocals, such as shouted backup vocals in a Big Band setting. Through semantic widening, a broader sense of the word song may refer to instrumentals. The music is primarily or exclusively produced using musical instruments. An instrumental can exist in music notation, after it is written by a composer; in the mind of the composer ; as a piece that is performed live by a single instrumentalist or a musical ensemble, which could range in components from a duo or trio to a large Big Band, concert band or orchestra.

Hip hop subculture including music, dance and graffiti

Hip Hop or Hip-Hop, is a culture and art movement that began in the Bronx in New York City during the late 1970s. The origins of the word are often disputed. It is also argued as to whether Hip Hop started in the South or West Bronx. While the term hip hop is often used to refer exclusively to hip hop music, hip hop is characterized by nine elements, of which only four elements are considered essential to understand hip hop musically. The main elements of hip hop consist of four main pillars. Afrika Bambaataa of the hip hop collective Zulu Nation outlined the pillars of hip hop culture, coining the terms: "rapping", a rhythmic vocal rhyming style (orality); DJing, which is making music with record players and DJ mixers ; b-boying/b-girling/breakdancing (movement/dance); and graffiti art. Other elements of hip hop subculture and arts movements beyond the main four are: hip hop culture and historical knowledge of the movement (intellectual/philosophical); beatboxing, a percussive vocal style; street entrepreneurship; hip hop language; and hip hop fashion and style, among others. The fifth element is commonly considered either street knowledge, hip hop fashion, or beatboxing; however, it is often debated.

Track listing

  • All tracks are produced and arranged by Madlib.
  1. "Water Or Bread (Raining)"
  2. "Licorice (The Beginning)"
  3. "The Mad March (Skipping Drunk)"
  4. "Stumbling (Cobblestones)"
  5. "Welcome (The End)"

Rock Konducta Pt. 1

Rock Konducta Pt. 1
Studio album by Madlib
Released December 5, 2013
Genre Instrumental hip hop, rap rock
Label Madlib Invazion
(Catalog # MMS020)
Producer Madlib
Madlib chronology
(2013) Deeper2013
Rock Konducta Pt. 1
(with Freddie Gibbs)
(2014) Piñata2014

Rock Konducta Pt. 1 is the first full length album in the Rock Konducta instrumental albums by hip hop producer Madlib. It features approx. 40 minutes of hip hop instrumentals made by Madlib using numerous samples from rock, prog rock, krautrock and psychedelic rock songs from the 60s to the 80s.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Psychedelic rock style of rock music

Psychedelic rock is a diverse style of rock music inspired, influenced, or representative of psychedelic culture, which is centred around perception-altering hallucinogenic drugs. The music is intended to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs, most notably LSD. Many psychedelic groups differ in style, and the label is often applied spuriously.

Track listing

All tracks produced by Madlib.

3."Motorik Matching"1:24
4."Far Faust"2:09
5."Knickers Turned"1:28
6."Gentle Pilz"1:53
7."Black Widow"2:18
8."Giant Okra"2:11
9."Ege Malesch"1:31
10."Soap Guillotine"1:48
11."Hallucination Amon"1:54
13."Mantara Guru"1:00
14."Düül Shop"1:42
15."Hold the Organ"2:29
17."Harmonia Inventions"1:43
19."Agitation Musik"1:32
20."Yeti Movie"3:05
22."Derum Dig"1:15
23."Tarot Ash"2:26
24."Cluster Ghosts"1:20
25."Känguru Join"1:12

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