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Madlib and MF DOOM present an experimental hiphop tour de force that was beset by internet leaks before completion, and initially abandoned midway by its creators before seeing the light of day in 2004 and becoming a crossover hit. Brimming with unlikely samples (Mothers of Invention, Gentle Giant, Bill Evans, Steve Reich, Egg) and DOOM’s characteristically dazzling and dense rhymes. Double LP reissue.

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Madvillainy by Madvillain
4 reviews. Add your own review.
51 people love this record. Be the 52nd!

9/10 Kevin Anderson Customer review, 25th July 2014

Madlib and Doom! Dope beat maker meets the unique rhyming skills of the man in the mask. It is a hip-hop masterpiece.

2/10 Arvydas Ivanovas Customer review, 18th July 2014

The quality of pressing is crappy, the scratches and smudges are all over the place, the sound is horrible with lots of surface noise and massive distortions, avoid!

9/10 Matthew Flem Customer review, 21st May 2014

I wasn't a huge rap/ hiphop fan. I dabbled in Public Enemy, I was partial to Mos Def, NWA infrequently featured on my shuffled playlists.

Enter Madvillainy.

This album is beautiful. Beautiful is not a word chosen lightly. A friend initially introduced me to "Operation Doomsday" by MF DOOM (All Caps) and I was quite taken by the lyricism. I was vaguely familiar with Madlib from my Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 days (see: Lootpack), but when I finally heard this magical musical medley I knew I'd see whole genre in a new light.

Let's start with Madlib. The beats are magnificent; concise beatmaking is a real sign of a pro to me, squeezing somethkng loveable into a brief catchy track is an undeniable skill. If you leave me wanting more, that's a sure sign what you've done is good. This album provides that in scores, each track demands more, yet gives no more than what is good for you.

DOOM's lyricism on the other hand is something else, there is much already available about the web on his unquestionable witticisms and semantic reasonings, but allow me to be the most recent to inform you that he touches a nerve with each fresh sentence. Some of these may leave some listeners alienated at first, indeed he can be a little salty for some tastes, but take my word on it, it'll grow and stay on you.

Some tracks mish mash around, but others just plain strike you straight away. Even the instrumentals (which are often, I feel, overlooked) hold a real magical shimmer; supervillain theme is a prime example of the short and sweet this album provides.

Samples from all over the musical spectrum will entertain for hours beyond the inital listening as you track them down, and add to the fun intrinsically involved with this form of exploration.

Fantastic. Must own. Enough said. Just remember, ALL CAPS when you spell the man name.

10/10 Marc Customer rating (no review), 30th December 2016


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