The American hip-hop band known as Lootpack was founded in 1992 out of Oxnard, California. The founders of Lootpack are Otis “Madlib” Jackson Jr., Jack “Wildchild” Brown, and DJ Romes. In 1993, they first made their appearance as a band with another hip-hop group known Tha Alkaholiks when they produced their album (21 & Over). In 1996, Lootpack released their first EP (III Psych Move EP) through the record label known as Crate Digga’s Place, which was founded by Madlib’s father, Otis Jackson Sr. In 1999, after capturing the attention of Christopher “Peanut Butter Wolf” George Manak, Lootpack released their first full-length album (Soundpieces: De Antidote). They did this under the record label of Stones Throw, which Manak founded as his own company. While no follow-up had ever been released afterward, Madlab, Wildchild, and DJ Romes collaborated on a variety of projects as well as solo recordings. In 2001, DJ Romes recorded and released his album (Hamburger Hater Breaks), while Madlib produced concept albums as Quasimoto and Yesterdays New Quintet. In 2003, Wildchild released his debut album (Secondary Protocol). was entirely produced by Madlib and his younger brother, Michael “Oh No” Woodrow Jackson. In addition to these projects, the trio of Madlib, Wildchild, and DJ Romes continue to collaborate with each other, collectively and individually recording a series of singles that are credited to Lootpack as they have never officially disbanded.
10. Law of Physics
The 1999 album (Soundpieces: Da Antidote) is the first produced by Lootbox as a united band and becomes highly acclaimed by critics of the hip-hop and rapper music genres. The delivery coming from the talent pool of Madlib, Wildchild, and DJ Romes gives them recognition as consistently delivering high-quality rap music. Madlib, in particular, is noted for being one of the West Coast’s most imaginative trackmasters. Between his ability to punch out catchy hip-hop and heavy rapper style vocals and his music play, Madlib is classified as fantastic among the fans and critics alike.
In 2000, the 12″ EP (Weededed) is a remixed version of its original, which is included in the 1999 album (Soundpieces: Da Antidote). Fans of Lootpack make it well-known they prefer this version as opposed to the original. The majority of the fans of Lootpack consider their style of hip-hop music superior to what today’s artists of the same genre is putting out.
8. The Anthem
In 1998 (The Anthem) is released as a 12″ EP by Lootpack. It was later added to the 1999 album (Soundpieces: Da Antidote). The song seems to serve as an anthem, of sorts, among hardcore hip-hop fans who openly comment wherever they can how much they appreciate the genre known as underground hip-hop.
7. 20 Questions
From the 1999 album (Soundpieces: Da Antidote), the song (20 Questions) makes its highly appreciated contribution towards the track roster as it features the popular altar ego of Otis “Madlib” Jackson known as Quasimoto. Lootpack’s fans not only seem to appreciate the lyrical version of 20 Questions but also express their fondness for the instrumental version too.
6. Long Awaited
Featuring Dilated Peoples, the song (Long Awaited) is one of the stands out pieces coming from the 1999 album (Soundpieces: Da Antidote) as fans of the hip-hop genre felt like they got a “two for the price of one” bonus as they teamed up with Lootpack to produce this song. What the fans of this song comment about frequently is the pure unadulterated culture the likes of Madlib, Wildchild, and DJ Romes brought into the world of hip-hop music.
The track (Questions) serves as one of the setup songs (Answers) that are featured on the 1999 album (Soundpieces: Da Antidote). Fans and critics agree Questions definitely helped make the entire album become a favorite in their collection. According to Del F. Cowie of Canada’s Exclaim!, who gave his thumbs-up review regarding the album, he appreciates the band’s willingness to experiment with new sounds as they strive to form their own identity as a group.
The album (Soundpieces: Da Antidote) was the one and only full-length album recorded and released by Lootpack. Not only did the album receive much critical acclaim among the hip-hop community, but the song (Hityawitdat) as well. Fans of the hip-hop genre regard Lootpack’s Hityawitdat as an inspirational piece they love listening to over and over again.
In 1999, the song (Answers) serves as a contributing factor to why the album (Soundpieces: Da Antidote) received such high acclaim within the community of hip-hop and rapper fans and critics. The altar ego, Quasimoto, is Madlib’s contribution to a song the fans find themselves admitting they’re highly addicted to.
Going with the Lootpack-specific list from Last FM’s most requested songs, (Whenimondamic) is the clear favorite. The track was originally released as a 12″ EP and is also featured on Lootpack’s 1999 album (Soundpieces: Da Antidote). Steve Huey of AllMusic gave the album 4 1/2 stars out of 5, citing the reason for the quality of all the music is due to Madlib’s rapper wizardry. Whenimondamic stood out as the overall favorite, not just with critics, but of Lootpack’s fans. The reissue of Whenimondamic is featured on the 2014 EP (Loopdigga).
1. Likwit Fusion
When the album (Soundpieces: Da Antidote) was released in 1999, the track (Likwit Fusion) was already a charted hit in 1997, which is credited to The Alkohaliks and their album (21 & Over). However, this does not exclude the impact Lootpack made towards the success of this single. Madlib, Wildchild, and DJ Romes, along with Defari, catapulted the success of this song to reach #31 on the US Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart and #97 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.