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Mainstream DOOM? Not quite...
on 20 September 2006
I loved this album. It's a coherent piece of work, Underground/Overground straddling, where DOOM actually raps on full length tracks, unlike much of his, at times frustrating, classic collabo with Madlib; "Madvillainy". Every cut here has a food-related theme playing the background to battle rhymes (Beef Rapp), love-issues (Guinesses), internet porn/romance (Kookies) and insincere amigo's (Deep Fried Frenz... aimed at MF GRIMM perhaps?).
This is still typical DOOM (Fantastic 4 samples, self-produced 'strange' beats, that familiar flow, witty punchlines hidden deep inside verses and with "Underground MC" worn proudly like a badge), but it seems more accessible than much of his work as Viktor Vaughn or King Geedorah. Some of the tracks even have proper choruses! For me, this is like a mix between his KMD days and his first DOOM joint, Operation: Doomsday... light-hearted, innovative and off-the-wall (rapping over Anita Baker tracks about "keeping your Ho's in check"!). The high point is the Madlib-laced One Beer, a truly mindblowing song containing a crazy rolling drum pattern and high-pitched wailing that heads might recognise from the Jaylib joint. This song makes me realise why I've loved this music so much for 20 years.
Why is it not 5 stars? Full marks should mean 'classic', and this isn't far off, but I think Madvillainy was his finest work.