22 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With razor-sharp verbiage and wildly imaginative beats, this is a classic combination of two hip-hop super-villains in their prime. Metal-faced rap linguist MF Doom spins crime narratives over bopping bass strums on “Meat Grinder,” and cheerfully harmonizes out of tune over orchestral jazz on “Rainbows.” Dusty fingered producer Madlib loops wonders out of obscure vinyl records, whether it’s the melodic drone of “Accordion” or the skipping guitars and koan-like tone of “Shadows of Tomorrow.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

With razor-sharp verbiage and wildly imaginative beats, this is a classic combination of two hip-hop super-villains in their prime. Metal-faced rap linguist MF Doom spins crime narratives over bopping bass strums on “Meat Grinder,” and cheerfully harmonizes out of tune over orchestral jazz on “Rainbows.” Dusty fingered producer Madlib loops wonders out of obscure vinyl records, whether it’s the melodic drone of “Accordion” or the skipping guitars and koan-like tone of “Shadows of Tomorrow.”

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About Madvillain

Madvillain is yet another collaboration by Stones Throw big shot Madlib, this time with masked MC MF Doom. Madlib, who had been listening to Doom's Operation: Doomsday (1999), was impressed by the MC's lyrics and beats and contacted Doom to talk about the possibility of working together. Though Doom had never heard of Madlib at that point, as soon as he heard the DJ's work he agreed immediately. The two met up in 2002 at the Stones Throw headquarters in Los Angeles and instantly clicked. Madlib introduced Madvillain to the world in 2002 at the Red Bull Music Academy in Brazil, and in 2004 Madvillainy, the completed record, was released, and was one of the more critically acclaimed albums of the year. ~ Marisa Brown

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Los Angeles, CA

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