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22 April, 2003@12:00 am
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While rumors have swayed that The Lootpack has disbanded, Wildchild silences those during a skit on his solo debut Secondary Protocol, but even further proof is evident on the production credits, as both Madlib and DJ Romes have a big hand in the creation of this album. However, while obviously Madlib has brought his production to the forefront, leaving the rhyming duties strictly to Wildchild, this is the unofficial sequel to the equally loved & hated (on), Soundpieces: The Antidote, just as the title suggests. 

     Joining Madlib behind the boards is his brother (by blood), Oh No, who together craft another Stones Throw sound-piece out of hard-hitting, crackling funk and soul obscurities that only they could unearth. As usual, we get some of the rawest production this side (left) of DJ Premier, with joints like “Secondary Protocol” and “Code Red”, and even more vibey selections such as “Hands Up” or “Party Up” (with Vinia Mojica) that even Jay Dee or Hi-Tek would bump. Yet the album’s highlights lay in the old school throwbacks, on the reflective “The Wonder Years” and the Percee-P featured “Knicknack 2002″. 

      While at first he dissed emcees for wackness, it’s nice to see that on this album Wildchild steps in with some more conceptual jams such as “Kiana”, dedicated to his daughter, or his war at 33 & 1/3 with LMNO on “Operation Radio Raid”. However, without Madlib to bounce off lyrically, Wildchild’s offbeat, crammed sentence flow takes its toll on the listener after a while. Thankfully there are just enough collaborations here to keep things a little bit more balanced, such as “The Come Off”, which puts The Alkaholiks back on the rawest track they’ve spit on since…. well, the last Lootpack album; not to mention the disorganized scenario “Bounce” (which won’t really inspire you to do so, but hey…). That being said, with the exception of a few jams that seem a little too abstract on Madlib’s part (“Heartbeat”) and a snoozer or two here and there, Wildchild’s album won’t disappoint fans of Madlib or those who don’t mind Jack as a solo artist, but it’d sure be nice if the Lootpack would come together for another full-length next time around.

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