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Recorded in one 24-hour period just before he was incarcerated for narcotics conspiracy in 2000, Downfall of Ibliys is actually MF Grimm's first full-length album, despite the fact that he had been recording and dropping singles for a solid decade prior. Produced mostly by MF DOOM (credited here as Metal Fingers), along with Count Bass D and Dr. Butcher, it's a highly personal record that blends religious references with tales of triumph, despair, and everything in between, reflecting the many facets of Grimm's life; crime and punishment, revenge and redemption, ignorance and inspiration. Supported by undeniably funky beats that are often much more playful than the subject matter, it's loaded with memorable songs like "I.B.'s," "Life and Death," "Voices Pt. 0," and "Foolish" (featuring Megalon and MF DOOM). Many of these instrumentals would reappear on the Special Herbs series a few years later, but most of them sound better here, topped with Grimm's rhymes that alternate between true-crime confessionals and positive messages for the youth.   

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Tragedy makes good music

I bought this album on a whim, I though the beats were cool. I had no idea who this dude was when I bought it, but that might've increased the appeal a little bit. In fact alot. I can't get into rap music while it's in it's pop phases. All I know is that Grimm got shot up ten times and is in a wheel chair. He started on the album after waking from a comma and finished while serving a life sentence. I can feel his pain all through the album. The torture in his soul. He really makes you feel that he wants redemption and forgiveness for all the bad he's done to mess up his life. Love this.

Recorded on a 24-hour bail release...

I've had this album a few months now. I heard the story behind it. This is story filled with raw emotion only the person who experienced it could tell. While it may not be for everyone, there is nothing but truth behind it. It is indeed a "Downfall". Grimm shows us the world through his eyes and gives us a taste of what it's like. It isn't my favorite Grimm album but I hold this album in high reguards as nothing in past or present can even be compared to this. I'm so thankful for having experienced this in my lifetime....


this album is the motherf**kin truth


Born: New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A promising career in hip-hop evaded the Manhattan-born rapper MF Grimm after his tragic shooting in the early '90s. Confined to a wheelchair, the man who gave MF Doom his "MF" prefix eventually became a mover and shaker in New York's independent rap scene as founder and CEO of his own label and international distribution company, Day by Day Entertainment. Before he joined the fast-paced vigor of street life, Grimm (born Percival Carey) was an avid skateboarder and actually graced the television...
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