Blackmarket Seminar

A 19 track old school rap/hip-hop album (55m 50s) — released July 31st 2020 on Below System

"Blackmarket Seminar", an album by Kazi and it's entirely produced by Madlib. Guest features by Madlib, MED, Wildchild, Declaime (Dudley Perkins) and Oh No. The album was recorded in 1996, remastered in 2016 and now available on CD and all digital platforms.

Message from Kazi:
We recorded this album in the wee hours at CDP studios back in '96. It was pretty much me, Madlib and Declaime in the lab when this album was recorded.

I learned so much from Lib cadence, rhyme patterns, timing and how to dig for records. What some people don't know is this cat actually took the time to show me how to make beats. I must say working with Lib was an amazing experience. The "Blackmarket Seminar" is a very raw and dark album. We came up with "Black Market" because at the time we were doing Hip Hop that nobody else was doing and to us you could only get it on the "Black Market". When you first play the album you'll hear characters on a skit in search of the black market seminar. We really tried to make it seem like the characters were outside walking around looking for it.

We recorded a new video for the song "To Be Lost" as it is about MCs selling out to remain in the game and still makes perfect sense in the present day.

In 1996, Kazi met up with Madlib at his Crate Diggas Palace home studio and recorded the Blackmarket Seminar album. Since then, Kazi has gone on to make a name for himself in the underground by destroying ciphers and Madlib has become a legend in hip-hop, working with everyone from MF DOOM to Kanye West. - Complex

It’s getting the official re-release treatment right now on Below System Records. If you loved Soundpieces: Da Antidote, this is a minor classic in the same vein. As a producer, Madlib was finding his sound, more psychedelic than Pete Rock, more untethered than Premier, more dusty and lo-fi, the king of the bug-out. - Passion Of The Weiss

Madlib & Kazi Drop "To Be Lost" Video & Re-Releases 1996 "Blackmarket Seminar" LP - HipHopDX

Below System Records helps properly bring "Blackmarket Seminar" to light. “To Be Lost” is a newly-made visual to the ’96 song featuring Kazi, and Madlib beats and vocals. - Ambrosia For Heads

You wanted to hear what Madlib was capable of before the fame and the fortune. For those who don’t know, this is one of Madlib’s earliest earliest projects with emcee Kazi. - Mass Appeal

Sometime in 1996, Oxnard, CA artist Kazi connected with legendary producer Madlib in his Crate Diggas Palace home studio. - 2DopeBoyz

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