L.A. To Detroit
Label: Stones Throw Records
Champion Sound, a collaboration between J. Dilla and Madlib, is unapologetic about its pop pedigree. It's a dynamic that no one expected from two of hip-hop's most celebrated experimental beatsmiths. "The Red" makes liberal use of billowing sub bass, while the saccharine sweet "Stars" is a love song for those permanently attached to a bong.