‘Madvillainy:’ Your Friendly Neighborhood Villain

Daniel Dumile, better known as his alter ego MF Doom, is an iconic rapper based out of Long Island, New York. With his unique lyrics, addictive flow and funky rhythmic instrumentals, he is someone to truly look out for. Throughout Doom’s albums and the tracks he’s laid down for us, his continuous flow and just the way he raps is flawless. Just the tone of his voice is just something you should listen to. With his gritty and hoarse voice, it captures his character on to each track. Doom’s tracks are all so addicting; I feel each track has it on unique style and it gives off that old school vibe. When you first listen to Doom’s tracks, they either have an introduction sample from another record (for example “Money Folder” begins with “The villain took on many forms” which Doom most likely sampled from another record) which gives a unique touch to the track. Other times, Doom just jumps into the track right away and starts destroying it on the mic. As for each track his unique lyrics catches your attention because you thinking what the hell is this guy saying. But his tracks are always telling a story lyrically. You just have to decipher each rhyme carefully. Let’s not forget Doom’s beats and instrumentals that he produces. Each instrumental is produced by the Metal Face himself. The type of instrumentals Doom raps over aren’t sophisticated, they are simple, but give him that flow to just start spitting it.

But enough about Doom. Let’s talk about his double track feature from the album “Madvillainy.” Collaborating with Madlib, MF Doom makes the rap duo Madvillain. Doom introduced Madvillainy in 2004, which was produced by Madlib with Mf Doom on the mic. This vinyl includes the tracks “Money Folder,” “Money Folder (remix),” and “America’s Most Blunted” on side one. If you flip to side two, it has the instrumentals for each track. Each track individually has a unique flow which he constantly uses throughout each track he makes, but that actually compliments each track. America’s Most Blunted features Madlib’s alter ego, Quasimoto . The track focuses heavily on lyrics to catch the listener, especially with Quasimoto’s nasally voice; it’s an interesting contrast between Doom’s hoarse voice. “America’s Most Blunted” focuses heavily on marijuana through the lyrics in a poetic motion. Quasimoto raps “or slit White Owl laced tip from tip with yip,” saying that he would never smoke a White Owl blunt laced with cocaine. Another line being “some buddha’d, some say faded,” referring to Doom being high like Buddha, as he feels enlightened and all-knowing just like Buddha. Money Folder still has a strong flow, but this track is more relaxed. It begins with an audio sample “The villain took on many forms.” When you listen to MF Doom, you’ll understand that he has more than just one alter ego. With the line “Pan it, can’t understand it, ban it the underhanded ranted, planned it and left him stranded” Doom is referring to people who don’t understand or get something, and by doing so, just ban it as if they were prohibiting drugs. The remixed version, however, has an electronic-based rhythm. The instrumentals are there if you want to sample the track or rap over it; that’s all up to you. Madvillainy is loved by all villains, but hated by heroes like the Fantastic Four, who Doom and Madlib can clash against. You should definitely check out this album and Doom himself; give him some support to take over the world.