Today, Oct. 24, marks the 44th birthday of esteemed underground hip-hop producer, Madlib!

Born Otis Jackson, Jr. in Oxnard, Calif., Madlib got his start in Los Angeles-based underground hip-hop group Lootpack in the mid-1990s. Over the years, Madlib has produced for acts such as The Alkaholiks, Freddie Gibbs, Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah and De La Soul. Perhaps his most famous work is his 2004 collaborative album with mysterious underground legend MF DOOM. The pair formed the group Madvillain and released Madvillainy to both fan and critic acclaim and influence over the years.

In 2016, Lib toured the country and worked with the heavyweight rappers he started with. Madlib was the beat smith behind the Kendrick Lamar/Kanye West collab "No More Parties in L.A."

Lately, Madlib's been laying low, though he's supposed to be producing the follow-up to his Piñata album with Freddie Gibbs, called Bandanasometime in the future.

Happy Birthday, Madlib!

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