Artist: MADVILLAIN genre: Rap, Hip-Hop product type: Compact Disc Release Date: 24-FEB-2004 Returns Accepted?: Yes Madvillainy Explicit Having re-invented himself as psychedelic masked rapper MF Doom (not to mention alter egos King Geedorah and Viktor Vaughn), Daniel Dumile--formerly KMD's Zev Love X--has fittingly teamed up with producer Madlib, who's no stranger to aliases himself (see Quasimodo, Yesterdays New Quintet). Rap formulas of the day are given the boot on Madvillainy; most of the 22 tracks clock in at around two minutes and many cuts consist of Doom spitting one long verse. Nobody chops up jazz standards and reworks them into SP 1200-induced soundscapes better than Madlib, so the warbled strings and unpredictable tempo shifts on "Strange Ways" and the flipped accordion sounds on "Accordion" carry the texture of a jazz record. While Madlib's predilection for piecing together cryptic found sounds can get a bit tiresome, Doom's self-deprecating narrative of a man "on a fast track to half-sane" is genius and madness all rolled into one big blunt. Yep, on "America's Most Blunted" he gloats about being "nominated for the best rolled L's." While "Rainbows" proves that Doom shouldn't ever sing--and yeah, his scratchy, drawling flow is an acquired taste--he's still "got more lyrics than the church's got 'Oooh Lords.'" This is rap for frying your brain cells, and we all know they need a good cooking every now and then. --Dalton Higgins
So here it is. Stone Throw's crown jewel. To be honest, on first listen, I didn't like this album. I was starting to wonder why so many fans and critics alike were singing it's praises. After some time away from that first listen, I decided to listen to it again and see if it would do anything for me the second time around. After a couple of spins, I found this album started to really grow on me. To be clear, as other's have stated, th..
Dope album. I love the short nature of the songs as you don't get stuck listening to a beat you don't like for less than two minutes. Not like that's a problem, as all the beats by Madlib are awesome in the use of jazz records and cartoon samples along with a myriad of other noises that give the record a grimey and imaginative feeling to it. MF DOOM never ceases to amaze me with his rhyming and the content of his lyrics, and while he uses a similar flow on almost e..