The Brothers Jackson have blessed listeners with one-off tracks for years now. Ever since 2008 on Madlib’s WLIB AM: King Of The Wigflip, the two Oxnard, California natives have teamed up as a killer producer-rapper combo. Late last year, Otis Jackson, Jr. shared word that he and his younger brother Michael would be making a full-length together, at long last.
Ahead of this month’s full-length release (embedded below as a playlist), Madlib and Oh No shared the lead single “Superhumans,” which also featured Elzhi and Chino XL. With the project out now (via Madlib Invazion) — the sample-heavy beats, 1970s film drops, and percolating percussion make this one to have on deck for those who are extremely well-versed as a Hip-Hop head. The duo’s appeal to crate-digging fans is only probably matched by those who have an affinity for repurposed movie dialogue. The Professionals does play it safe in ways where some of their tag team partnerships (Freddie Gibbs, Blu, Alchemist) may differ.
With The Professionals as a tailored fit for his younger brother, the bulk of this album is jam-packed with delicious production. Soulful loops, boxy drum patterns, chunky keys, and keen scratches showcase the brother’s unique blend of conceptual and topical tracks. The LP does enough justice to keep you wanting more in all the right ways. A heavyweight moment on the project comes with “Made Due,” which delivers a bit of nostalgia.