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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.
Madvillain is a hip hop group consisting of MF DOOM (MC/producer) and Madlib (MC/producer). Their debut album Madvillainy was met with wide critical acclaim for its unique approach—short songs, obscure lyrics, few choruses and a sound which was generally unfriendly to commercial radio.
In 2006, Madvillain was featured on Stones Throw and Adult Swim's DVD/CD Chrome Children with a new song and live performance. Kidrobot followed this by announcing a Madvillain action figure.
Madvillain's label Stones Throw has announced in 2009 that MF Doom and Madlib are currently working on a second Madvillain album.
On May 26, 2010, Madvillain released the song "Papermill" via Adult Swim's website.
On January 3, 2011, Madvillain released the song "Avalanche & Victory Lap" via Stones Throw mixtape.
In the Fall of 2011, during an interview at the Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, DOOM admitted that the second Madvillain album had been nearly done for about two years and that it should be out "soon", sometime after DOOM finishes his part on it in "say, January" of 2012.
On September 6, 2012, DOOM co-hosted Benji B's late night BBC Radio 1 show. As well as talking about the origins of Madvillain and what it was like to work with Madlib, he announced during the show that he just had to "touch up a couple of tracks" on the new Madvillain album and said that it should be out by the end of 2012, depending on when Stones Throw choose to release it.