Operation: Doomsday Enhanced, Original recording remastered
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Catalogue number SVM13 on the Sub Verse label with the following tracks: 1> The Time We Faced Doom (Skit) [2:04], 2> Doomsday [4:58], 3> Rhymes Like Dimes [4:18], 4> The Finest [4:00], 5> Back In The Days (Skit) [0:45], 6> Go With The Flow [3:36], 7> Tick, Tick... [4:04], 8> Red And Gold [4:42], 9> The Hands Of Doom (Skit) [1:51], 10> Who You Think I Am? [3:24], 11> Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit) [1:12], 12> Hey! [3:46], 13> Operation: Greenbacks [3:48], 14> The Mic [3:03], 15> The Mystery Of Doom (Skit) [0:24], 16> Dead Bent [2:22], 17> Gas Drawls [3:45], 18> ? [3:30], 19> I Hear Voices (Part One) [3:04].
MF Doom was known in a former life as Zev Luv X of Long Island rap pranksters KMD. He reinvented himself as a super rap villain and now wears a solid steel mask to hide his face from the world. Cut through with dialogue and incidental music from the stilted 80s animation show featuring his Marvel Comics namesake (Doctor Doom, arch-foe of the Fantastic Four), Operation Doomsday has an overblown comic-book feel that rubs against the rappers everyday tales of dime-to-dime survival. In all, Doom comes across as an extraordinary guy in an ordinary setting. He may be a villain, but he has a keen sense of humour. Caught in "Rhyme and Dimes" extended bridge with nothing left to say, he resorts to screaming "mashed potatoes" at the top of his lungs. And despite the fearsome visage, musically, Doom is a smooth cat. He favours constructing tracks (like "Red and Gold", "Doomsday" and "The MIC") from loops and breaks culled from 80s soul. "Dead Bent" uses the exact same Isaac Hayes "Walk on By" break as the Wu Tang's "I Can't Go to Sleep". But teamed up with MF Grimm on "Tick, Tick" with nothing but a funereal violin for company things take a more deadly tone. And when joined by a frightful cadre of fellow MCs from his Monsta Island Czars clique (on "Who You Think I Am?") things get hella rowdy. This is one for all the tyrants and despots.--Chris Campion
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This album has been reissued time after time on almost every format but of course what we're interested in is the vinyl. This time DOOM himself has re-released his album on his own label: Metal Face Records. This particular set includes 4 black vinyl records containing the remastered album along with alternate versions, b-sides and instrumentals. A 32-page lyric book and a set of Doomsday MC's Cards. The music itself sounds great to me, although I don't have a trained ear so it's possible I'm missing something.
The records come packed in a metal case, embossed with the metal mask logo. My copy was slightly dented but this doesn't bother me too much. The bottom of the case has a black velvet insert, where the last record makes contact.
Inside you see the 32-page lyric book The book includes some cool artwork and of course all of the lyrics, the presentation really fits with the theme of the album.
Next there's a set of Doomsday MC's Cards. They feel just like regular trading cards (think Pokemon) printed on nice card. On the flip side of the cards you see various black and white images which are a puzzle, when you put them together this is what you see Which I now see is a picture of DOOM, although it took me a while
Next comes the records themselves.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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