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Operation Doomsday [Import]

MF Doom Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Feb 2000)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sub Verse
  • ASIN: B00004S91G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,411,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Time We Faced Doom
2. Doomsday
3. Rhymes Like Dimes
4. The Finest
5. Back In The Days
6. Go With The Flow
7. Tick, Tick...
8. Red And Gold
9. The Hands Of Doom
10. Who You Think I Am?
11. Doom, Are You Awake?
12. Hey!
13. Operation: Greenbacks
14. The Mic
15. The Mystery Of Doom
16. Dead Bent
17. Gas Drawls
18. Hero Vs. Villain

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent Rhyming From Behind an Iron Mask 17 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Operation Doomsday is the best work from doom since KMD's first album. The shining point of this album is how he has expanded on his lyrical content since his other work to make a creative, lyrically deep album that is a refreshing breeze blowing away tired attempts of Jay-z and other commercial rappers repetitive storys of '' hoes and dough''.The beats sublimely fit around his rhymes with a chilling feel and a constant beat. The idea of Dr.Doom is original and adds an intersting twist leaving Mf Dooms album in a class of its own and possibly a classic and a much needed break ( along with kutmasta kurt/masters of illusion ) from hiphops dissapointing form at the moment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I kneeeew you were the one for me....." 5 Dec 2003
By RL81 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I didn't think I would have to review this, seeing as it should be at least a 4 1/2 star rating. Seeing that it's slightly lagging meant I felt I should add some comments of my own.
When I first bought this back in early 2002 I did so having read how it was a "classic". I have to admit, on my first listen I thought I'd been had ! The first track was great, with a great hook on it. Then after this the album seemed to turn in to the worst thing I'd heard in ages !
Having skipped through it all in a matter of 10 or so minutes, I didn't listen to it again until the next day when I'd had a few drinks. I played it to a mate of mine. Rather than disecting it, it played in the background and I gave it another chance. This time round I warmed to a few of the tracks, tho some still sounded awful !
To make a long story a bit shorter (!), this albums a grower. A year afterwards i was still learning to appreciate certain tracks which I'd always ignored for some reason or other. Maybe this isn't for some people, but to have an album which gets better every time you listen to it to me is a "Classic". Almost 2 years on and I still love this album.
I warn you tho, there are at least 2 tracks which production wise you may NEVER warm too ! But I assure you that after a few months the lyrics will become second nature to you, and some of the tracks will be the best you've heard in years !
This got me hooked on Doom, and nothing else compares now. I eagerly await every release, as do a growing rabble of hardcore fans.
This album is the start of something VERY special.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tick...Tick...DOOM 30 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
Operation: Doomsday has to be one of the best, if not the best indie Hip Hop album ever. Before i first heard it a year and a half ago, my attention span for Hip Hop in general was starting to waver. After 10 years of dedication to the music, the production line of 1 dimensional MCs and lackluster production values in the mainstream had stretched my patience to breaking point. However the underground scene does have plenty of talent.

Tick...Tick...DOOM

That's the best way i can describe my reaction to hearing Doomsday for the first time. The opening Skit "Time we Faced DOOM" with it's sample vocals from the movie Wild Style & the Fantasic 4 cartoon series sets the listener up for what will be a rather different listening experience.

"Doomsday" is a great first track, showing DOOM as a master of sampling, by borrowing drums used by BDP back in the day and a familiar Sade track, enlisting R&B Singer Pebbles to sing the hook.

"Rhymes Like Dimes" is a great, almost whimsical track, featuring more than a few quotables such as "Only in America could you find a way to make a healthy buck, and still keep your attitude on self-destruct" Genius.

"The Finest" features rapper Tommy Gunn and has a rhythm which is hard to decribe. Another really good addition which keeps the albums momentum going.

"Back in the Days" is a skit, again using a Fantasic 4 sample. This time featuring Mr Fantasic when he was at school with fellow student: Victor Von Doom.

"Go With The Flow" again showcases DOOM's cavalier approach to sampling, borrowing from ex Juice Crew rapper, Kool G Rap. DOOM even goes as far to admit "With no hands, I chop these drums off, truly yours, G Rap" Nicely done Mr Dumile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 11 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Definitely the best album by DOOM, to this day. This was back when he probably didn't exepect to reach out to such a massive worldwide audience as he has. So his lyrics were still very intimate and deep, referring to things he has only revealed in obscure interviews.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  78 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ESSENCE OF HIP-HOP 3 Aug 2005
By S. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Amazing. This album embodies everything that hip-hop is all about, and basically that is having fun. Oh sure, he's got some social commentary thrown in as on "Rhymes Like Dimes" where part of the hook goes "Only in America could you find a way to make a healthy buck and still keep your attitude on self-destruct..." but mostly he's just kicking extraordinary rhymes with a seemingly effortless flow. There is an unpolished gritty feel to the whole project as MF DOOM proclaims on "Dead Bent" that he "comes through raw like the elements..." Perhaps one of the most intriguing elements of MF DOOM's music is his ability to combine the scientific with the street. His sampled skits of Stan Lee's Dr. Doom, full of scientific malarkey, beakers boiling and maniacal threats of world domination blend in seemlessly with the sounds of sub-way trains, and urban soundscapes. Despite the oft times silliness of this album there is an eerie quality to it that is more than likely owing to the fact that MF DOOM's brother SubRoc was killed a few years before the making of this album and the shout out he gives to his deceased brother on "Kurious?" where he exclaims "...everything is going exactly according to plan, man." is spine chilling. Strangley there was little indication within his previous work with K.M.D. to suggest that MF DOOM would someday become arguably the worlds greatest emcee. His days of relative recluse after his brothers death were obviously spent honing his writing, producing, and dee-jaying skills but all seemed to have grown exponentially in a relatively short amount of time. Thus the comic book skits of Dr. Doom's strange disappearance after a life altering accident only to return as a Super Villain seem less like a contrived gimmick and more like a chilling parallel to MF DOOM's life and work further enhancing the mysterious atmosphere of this album. All the beats on this album are sampled but probably none of the samples were cleared thus the album was pulled from circulation. He grabs everything from Scooby-Doo to Sade to Quincy Jones to SteelyDan and he doesn't care if you know it even crooning a bit of Atlantic Starr's "Always" on "Rhymes Like Dimes". The heavily sampled, surreal yet cerebral kaleidiscope of sound on this album puts me in the mind frame of The Beatles "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite", yet this is true hip-hop.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WACK TRAFFIC RE-ISSUE 12 Oct 2008
By Djordje Stojadinovic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm not gonna review the album,because we all know it's a classic,probably top 10 of all time,but this re-issue is so wack that I don't know where to start describing it.It look's like cheap bootleg.The "booklet" is just one page and it's white on inside,the cd is also cheap looking.This is not the original cd this is official bootleg.I am willing to invest money in my cd collection,what i've been doing for 18 years,but if this is what I get for my money,maybe I should start downloading.I know that original press was also low budget,but they can put little more effort in this.As far as I hear voices track goes that was bonus cut on 2001 version of this album on sub verse records.This track listing is from original pressing on fondle 'em, records from 1999.PEACE
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest of the Independent Hip-Hop Albums 27 April 2006
By OverTheMoon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the Independent equivalent of NAS - Illmatic as MF Doom literally grabs a microphone and a tape deck and creates an album that has all the evidence that it was done in his bedroom. It has clips from everything from a `Speak and Spell' to the Fantastic 4 cartoon (a nod to Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele use of Ironman) before the hip-hop kicks in with some great beats and background vocals, there is something about MF Doom's voice and lyrics that catches you when he matches the beats almost perfectly and can hold for break-beats right on cue and then spins his rap around the tunes in ways that really haven't been done before elsewhere. 'Tick Tick' is one of the strangest hip-hop tunes ever conceived but when you hear the way he can rap with those kind of beat changes every second or so is just amazing. MF Doom really is a very ill indie hip-hop talent that will surprise any mainstream listener. MF Doom is very popular with seasoned hip-hop enjoyers and it is not hard to see why. The pulsation that is Operation Doom is one of the best albums you can have in any album collection let alone a 'best of' Hip-Hop collection. It also remains highly arty in its overall form. This is important and hip-hop subgenre defining stuff stuff. Truly musical and with tons of heart and a mind to do something original and new. Wow.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIP-HOP THE WAY ITS SUPPOSED TO PLAY 3 May 2001
By lou cypher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
classic material from one of the most influential and innovative emcees ever. the combination of an industry and fans asleep and very bad luck has mf doom only now catching fire.
first seen and heard on the video/single for third bass's "gas face", daniel dumile ,aka zev luv x formed kmd (kausin' much damage) back in the early 90's. kmd has some hits like "mr. hood" and was poised to step into the conscious niche then inhabited by tribe called quest and brand nubian. then the trouble - elektra freaked about his "sambo" cover art for the next release "bl_ck b_st_rds", a fight ensued with kmd dropped from the label. 2 days later, zev's twin brother was killed in a car accident.
emerging from that wreckage as mf doom, the super villian, this amazing body of work, operation: doomsday is created. joints such as "?" and "i hear voices" are intelligent standouts. there is a animated video that is dope for the "voices" cut as well.
definately support this record - it possitive, important, fun, bangin' and might just maybe, reclaim hip-hop from the disease of wackness - big ups to sub verse music for recognizing this.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stay tuned for more spine tingling adventures of... 25 Aug 2004
By B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
**NOTE** YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS ENTIRE ALBUM ON EMUSIC.COM LEGALLY. They are a subscriber site but right now (August 2004) they are running a promotion of 50 free song downloads upfront but you still need a credit card.

Okay now about the album. I heard DOOM first on the Madvillain album he did with Madlib. I have been a Madlib fan for a while now because of the authentic jazz flavor and unpolished genius of his production, and I heard some of those same qualities in DOOM's rapping. His style is strikingly unique; it is sprinkled with trite cliches and irrelevant combinations of words that seem to be included merely for the way they sound (in a way kind of like Radiohead lyrics). His verses run on with a refreshing lack of hooks and an improvisational flowing quality that mesh perfectly with his ambitious soul chillout-style beats.

Operation Doomsday, as an album, disregarding its style, might be considered a less than stellar fair. The sound is kind of uneven and some of the cuts are pretty rough, but everything it lacks gives it more appeal. It sounds like something straight out of the basement of some MCs from the early 90s. It's pretty lo fi and all the rappers, DOOM especially, sound so hungry. For those that discovered Madvillain first, it will be noticed that he sounds a lot less calm here.

Some tracks really stand out...Rhymes Like Dimes, Doomsday, Go With the Flow, Gas Drawls...but most of them are great. Tick Tick is really interesting because it keeps slowing down and speeding up. And none of the guests artists are wack. The cartoony interludes are kind of clever and funny, but I've never been a big fan of interludes. But all in all, it's very refreshing to hear this new take on rap music from the enigmatic supervillain; the raw and retro feeling of this ablum is an excellent break from the norm.

If you like DOOM, check out his aliases King Geedorah, Viktor Vaughn, and Madvillain.
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