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  • Audio CD (21 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sub Verse
  • ASIN: B00005B6QL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

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

Product Description

Product Description

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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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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MF DOOM'S Operation: Doomsday (1999), the seminal debut album by the metal faced villain/rapper. This was DOOM's return to the hip-hop game after his brother died, an event which we hear referenced in the lyricism, the songs on here feature DOOM's now characteristic cartoon samples, unrelenting flow and the smart and thought provoking bars which we all know him for.
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 Packaging

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.

Lyric book

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.

Card Set

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


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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.


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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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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