W.L.I.B AM: King of the Wigflip, the last-ever installment in Rapster/BBE’s Beat Generation series, is not one of those releases. Which isn’t to say that it’s a misfire. Wigflip , a loose collection of instrumentals and collaborations within Madlib’s MC Repertory (Guilty Simpson, J. Rocc, MED), is exactly the album dude wanted to make. Production-wise, it’s uniformly excellent -- crackly, odd beats, full of lush horns and driving drums, beats alternately small and sinister and huge and undeniable. (Most of the mic work, on the other hand, is too blunt to really hang.) But it’s aimless -- like a lot of his more meandering works, Wigflip feels like the type of thing Madlib could churn out on any given lazy Sunday afternoon.
So, ‘Lib, how about that Madvilliany sequel? Please?