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The Illest Villains
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Meat Grinder
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Raid (Feat. MED)
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America's Most Blunted (Feat. Quasimoto)
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Sickfit [Instrumental]
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Do Not Fire! [Instrumental]
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Money Folder
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Shadows of Tomorrow (Feat. Quasimoto)
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Operation Lifesaver AKA Mint Test
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Hardcore Hustle (Feat. Wildchild)
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Strange Ways
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Fancy Clown (Feat. Viktor Vaughn)
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Eye (Feat. Stacy Epps)
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Supervillain Theme [Instrumental]
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All Caps
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Great Day Today
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Rhinestone Cowboy
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 22   Total Length: 46:08

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Madvillain, Madvillainy
Label: Stones Throw

The highly anticipated collaboration between two of independent hip-hop's finest, Madlib and MF Doom, Madvillainy received rave reviews upon its release and, hindsight being 20/20, they were pretty much right. Stitching together a patchwork of vintage soul, jazz, movie music and who knows what else, Madlib constructs a musical fabric that wraps beautifully around the enigmatic Doom's lazy monotone. Peppered with references to the joys of marijuana (“Spliff made him swore he saw… read more »

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Best Hip Hop album of all time. Period.

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What can you say about this album? It's so multi-layered it's like listening to a Lynch film. MF Doom is one of the most clever rappers in the game and MadLib is as sharp as Dangermouse and should be just as popular. A+

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Great for the Hip Hop Hopeless


I'm not a hiphop head but this album just slays me! Great toe in the hiphop world for someone with a jazz ear. At once downtempo (musically) and uproarious (vocally). Madlib's serpentine subtle bass grooves and detailed soundscape really drew me in and the sativa-soaked lyrics are a riot. A lot of hiphop sounds claustrophobic and overproduced to me, but this album really hits the sweet spot. A classic.

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don't sleep


Doom and Madlib make an undeniable hip hop classic. If you don't like this you might as well cut your ears off and go live in a cave. Audi 5000, G....

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Madvillainy delivers


Good stuff on this album. One reviewer said the rhymes were "simple." Just because it flows effortlessly does not make it simple. I like to call it unfettered by garbage. Very clean and unique sound. In a world of stale popular hip-hop - thanks for bringing something new to the table Madvillians! Be careful or you'll get addicted.

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Good... but dear.


22 credits for 22 tracks might sound fair but when over half of those are under 2 minutes, (and 2 of those are under 1 minute), it plows through a months worth.

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a far cry from KMD


Zev Love X from the early nineties Zulu nation brand of hiphop from KMD has resurfaced as MF Doom. The transformation was suprising and welcomed. his Victor Vaughn work is also noteworthy.

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Villainy is a foot.


I want this to be played when villains enter the screen. These would be villains that people would fear and want to be all at once.

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One of the best


Great album, highly inventive. I've had it for years and I still keep finding new reasons why I love it. And now its only 12 downloads... come on!

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Top Notch


This album is easily one of the best in my collection. DOOM's lyrics are beyond creative and I'd dare any rapper to try what he has done. Madlib's production is in full effect and I like it more than his most popular album Shades Of Blue. If you dig this you might find an interest in Mos Def or Danger Mouse and Jemini.

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Madvillainy represents the highly anticipated collaboration between Madlib and MF Doom. Recorded throughout 2003 — a year which, between the two of them (under various aliases), saw more than eight releases featuring their work. When Madvillainy was released in March 2004 it became obvious that the best was saved for last as MF Doom’s unpredictable lyrical style fits quite nicely within Madlib’s unconventional beat orchestrations. Twenty-two short and blunted tracks bang out mythical stories of villains and urban (anti) heroes trying to make it through with their ganja and wits still intact — each flows together in a comic book fashion sometimes segued with vignettes sampled from 1940s movies and broadcasts or left-field marjuana-toting skits. Madvillainy’s strength lies in its mix between seemingly obtuse beats, samples, MCing, and some straight-up hip-hop bumping. Take “Accordion” for example. A wacky accordion sample loops throughout a slow-paced beat and lazy bassline while Doom flies through almost unaware of the background at times. Or “Raid,” which features a beat that seems to be so out of time or step with a traditional hip-hop direction. But Doom sits quite comfortable within its frame and sets up Medaphor for a slick guest appearance. Other guests include the bad character, Lord Quasimoto, on “Americas Most Blunted” and the Sun Ra-inspired “Shadows of Tomorrow”; Wildchild blasts million-miles-an-hour rhymes on “Hardcore Hustle” and Stacy Epps floats through “Eye.” Madvillainy gets close to the genius seen on Quasimoto’s Unseen, and like that record this one might take a few listens to find it. But once it clicks in, this disc stays in the CD player for days. – Sam Samuelson

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