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Madvillain (Doom & Madlib) - Madvillainy [2LP]


Tracklist: 1A The Illest Villains 2A Accordion  3A Meat Grinder  4A Bistro  5A Raid 2B Sickfit (Inst.)  3B Rainbows  4B Curls 5B Do Not Fire! (Inst.)  6B Money Folder1C Scene Two (Voice Skit)  2C Shadows Of Tomorrow3C Operation Lifesaver AKA Mint...



1A The Illest Villains 
2A Accordion  
3A Meat Grinder  
4A Bistro  
5A Raid 
2B Sickfit (Inst.)  
3B Rainbows  
4B Curls 
5B Do Not Fire! (Inst.)  
6B Money Folder
1C Scene Two (Voice Skit)  
2C Shadows Of Tomorrow
3C Operation Lifesaver AKA Mint Test 
4C Figaro  
5C Hardcore Hustle
6C Strange Ways
1D (Intro)    
2D Fancy Clown
3D Eye
4D Supervillain Theme (Inst.)  
5D All Caps  
6D Great Day
7D Rhinestone Cowboy

At a time when hip-hop in many ways has made a mockery of itself, and when its premier acts are neither creative nor conscious, MF Doom and Madlib have delivered an undisputed classic. Madvillainy is a rare hip-hop "concept" album filled with frenetic beats and rhymes that are both avant garde and street-level at the same time.

It is amazing to hear their reinvention of the beat and rhyme on tracks like "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Figaro," "Accordion," and the instant classic "All Caps." Many of the tracks are short, and the interludes sometimes make little sense.

It is telling that many of the artists leading a revolution within hip-hop are its elders, like De La Soul, Common, and (hopefully) Digable Planets and A Tribe Called Quest. Madvillain sports 2 prolific veterans of the rap game who have managed to make hip-hop challenging and relevant again. In my humble opinion, Madvillainy is the most important hip-hop album of the last decade and one of the best albums of the last few years, period. Pick it up.