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Champion Sound

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Champion Sound
Champion Sound album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Jaylib (J Dilla and Madlib)
ReleasedOctober 7, 2003 (2003-10-07)
GenreHip hop
LabelStones Throw Records
ProducerJ Dilla, Madlib
J Dilla chronology
Ruff Draft
Champion Sound
Madlib chronology
Shades of Blue
Champion Sound
Singles from Champion Sound
  1. "The Red / The Official"
    Released: June 16, 2003
  2. "McNasty Filth / Pillz"
    Released: June 6, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Clubmixed[2]
Cleveland Scenefavorable[3]
HipHopDX4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media7.4/10[6]
Stylus MagazineA[7]

Champion Sound is the only studio album by the duo Jaylib (hip hop musicians J Dilla and Madlib). Half of the songs are produced by Madlib and feature J Dilla on vocals, and the other half are produced by J Dilla and feature Madlib on vocals. This album was the first of the Madlib duo collaboration albums made during the 2000s.


Jaylib began in 2000 when DJ J Rocc of the Beat Junkies gave a CD of unused instrumental tracks by J Dilla to Madlib. Madlib then recorded vocals over these beats and labelled them "Jaylib", without the intention of actually releasing them. Stones Throw placed one of these recordings as the B-side to a promo 12" Madlib single, under the name Jaylib, which was eventually heard by Dilla. The pair recorded Champion Sound in separate cities, Madlib in Oxnard, California, and Dilla in Detroit, Michigan by sending recordings back and forth. The two met only once before or during this time, while Madlib was recording in Detroit for J Dilla's album on MCA Records; a record that was never released until 2016. The album was released in 2003 after much delay due to leaks and bootlegs and received positive reviews.

Following Dilla's move from Detroit to Los Angeles in 2004, they appeared together on tour in Spring 2004 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Toronto. Madlib debuted a yet-unreleased Jaylib song on a BBC radio show in May 2005 titled "Take It Back aka The Unofficial", produced by J Dilla with vocals by Madlib. The track was released on Adult Swim and Stones Throw's Chrome Children compilation.


The first pressings of the album in the USA contained two bonus tracks: "Raw Addict," and "Ice" (which otherwise are only on a white label 12" issued by Stones Throw); the first pressing of the CD in Europe included those two and a third track, "Pillz," which was later featured as the b-side to the single for "McNasty Filth".

In 2005 Madlib's compilation of unreleased Jaylib tracks got leaked as an early version of Madvillain's Madvillainy did before. These two CDs were compiled by Madlib in late 2002 to listen to on a trip to Brazil.[8] The Jaylib compilation is called The Rough Drafts and the Madvillain compilation is called Madvillainy Preview.

The 2007 re-issue of Champion Sound was abruptly delayed when Stones Throw was issued a cease-and-desist from the camp of artist Cris Williamson. "The Red", one of the more popular songs from the LP, contained an unauthorized sample of her song "Shine On, Straight Arrow". According to J-Rocc of the Beat Junkies, the sample clearance issue came down to Williamson's gripe about a Madlib lyric: "There's a Jaylib track called ‘The Red’ they got sued for. Cris Williamson is the artist and she’s a total feminist, a real woman-power type. In that song Madlib says "mostly shitty women". She said, 'I’m not having that, take it off the album.' But she’s still letting them use the instrumental for licensing and so on. So even there they’ve worked something out".[9] "The Red" appears on the reissue with an alternate beat, though one still arranged by Jay Dee. An alternate beat was also used for the song "No Games" on the re-issue.


In 2010, Champion Sound was listed by Black Milk as one of the "Top Ten Albums of the Last Decade".[10] In 2015, it ranked at number 41 on Fact's "100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time" list.[11] In that year, it was also listed by HipHopDX as one of the "30 Best Underground Hip Hop Albums Since 2000".[12]

Track listing

1."L.A. to Detroit"J Dilla, Madlib1:19
2."McNasty Filth" (featuring Frank-N-Dank)Madlib2:55
3."Nowadayz"J Dilla3:08
4."Champion Sound"Madlib2:23
5."The Red"J Dilla3:14
7."Raw Shit" (featuring Talib Kweli)J Dilla3:08
8."The Official"Madlib3:31
9."The Heist"J Dilla3:05
10."The Mission"Madlib2:24
11."React" (featuring Quasimoto)J Dilla2:45
12."Strapped" (featuring Guilty Simpson)Madlib3:13
13."Strip Club" (featuring Quasimoto)J Dilla2:50
14."The Exclusive" (featuring Percee P)J Dilla1:23
15."Survival Test"Madlib3:55
16."Starz"J Dilla3:03
17."No Games"Madlib1:47
18."Raw Addict"J Dilla3:02
20."Pillz"J Dilla3:05
Deluxe edition: Disc 1
1."L.A. to Detroit"Jaylib 
2."McNasty Filth"Madlib 
3."Nowadayz"J Dilla 
4."Champion Sound"Madlib 
5."The Red (Remix)"J Dilla3:22
7."Raw Shit"J Dilla 
8."The Official"Madlib 
9."The Heist"J Dilla 
10."The Mission"Madlib 
11."React"J Dilla 
13."Strip Club"J Dilla 
14."The Exclusive"J Dilla 
15."Survival Test"Madlib 
16."Starz"J Dilla 
17."No Games (Remix)"Madlib2:32
18."Raw Addict"J Dilla 
19."Pillz"J Dilla 
Deluxe edition: Disc 2
1."Da Rawkus (Sir Bang Version)"Jaylib 
2."The Official (Rap Circle Mix)"Madlib 
3."Heavy (Chronic Mix)"Madlib 
4."Optimos for Dilla (Interlude)"Jaylib 
5."Survival Test (Rasta Dub Remix)"Madlib 
6."Champion Sound (Remix)"Madlib 
7."The Mission (Stringed Out Mix)"Madlib 
8."One for Dilla (Interlude)"Jaylib 
9."Strapped (Four-4 Mix)"Madlib 
10."McNasty Filth (Instrumental)"Madlib 
11."Nowadayz (Instrumental)"J Dilla 
12."Champion Sound (Instrumental)"Madlib 
13."The Red (Instrumental)"J Dilla 
14."Heavy (Instrumental)"Madlib 
15."Raw Shit (Instrumental)"J Dilla 
16."The Official (Instrumental)"Madlib 
17."The Heist (Instrumental)"J Dilla 
18."The Mission (Instrumental)"Madlib 
19."React (Instrumental)"J Dilla 
20."Strapped (Instrumental)"Madlib 
21."Strip Club (Instrumental)"J Dilla 
22."The Exclusive (Instrumental)"J Dilla 
23."Survival Test (Instrumental)"Madlib 
24."Starz (Instrumental)"J Dilla 


  1. ^ Samuelson, Sam. "Jaylib - Champion Sound". AllMusic. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan (October 14, 2003). "Jaylib: Champion Sound". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  3. ^ Arnold, Eric K. (December 24, 2003). "Jaylib - Champion Sound (Stones Throw)". Cleveland Scene. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Dix, Noel (August 16, 2007). "Jaylib: Champion Sound". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  5. ^ J-23 (November 15, 2003). "Jaylib - Champion Sound". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Sylvester, Nick (November 18, 2003). "Jaylib: Champion Sound". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Young, Nate De (November 14, 2003). "Jaylib - Champion Sound". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on May 10, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  8. ^ Stones Throw Records Archived June 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Yates, Steve. "Cold rockin': J.Rocc on 21st Century Digital DJ's". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  10. ^ Mlynar, Phillip (September 14, 2010). "Detroit Producer Black Milk's Top Ten Albums of the Last Decade". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "41. Jaylib - Champion Sound (Stones Throw, 2003)". Fact. February 25, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  12. ^ "The 30 Best Underground Hip Hop Albums Since 2000". HipHopDX. August 26, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2015.

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