From The Funky 16 Corners to The Third Unheard, Stones Throw has made its name on its curatorial powers — few other labels have produced such important and satisfying reissues in the past decade. On Stones Throw: 10 Years, the label takes on its biggest task yet: itself. Aside from the old-school hip-hop collected on the aforementioned albums, the label has housed the weirdo outsider pop of Gary Wilson, the bleary-eyed jazz-hop of Yesterday's New Quintet, the soul-drenched productions of J Dilla and, of course, everyone's favorite metal-faced rapper. Here, it all hangs together loosely, a ragtag collection of the many flavors that Stones Throw has to offer. In other words, it's a bazaar — not unlike the one found on “Figaro,” in which Madvillain raps over a Hindi chant, an Indian guitar loop and blunted beats. There's a lot to see here, so take your time.
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