MF Doom MM Food

[Rhymesayers; 2004]

Rating: 4.5/5

Styles: underground hip-hop
Others: Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah, Madvillain

MF Doom welcomes you back to 'Chez Dumile' with a plateful of hip-hop excellence on his latest album, MM Food. The proclaimed savior of hip-hop (and rightfully so) MF Doom has reinvigorated his original, post-KMD alias with a handful of utterly fantastic songs and skits, damaging anyone that disagrees or stands in the way of his hip-hop dexterity. In fact, MF Doom seems to have completely eschewed his ego-switching mind alterations on MM Food, recapturing the essence of his first solo project Operation: Doomsday, the album that made him an underground sensation. Soaked in bubblegum beats and luscious samples, MM Food serves as an exceptional source of vitamin 'D'umile.

What is absolutely impressive about MF Doom is his ability to craft unique, memorable characters with each consecutive album release while still imbuing a sense of unity and dynamic interplay. Arguably, MF Doom’s original character most resembles that of Viktor Vaughn’s. And, in fact, there is a distinct relationship between both that makes Doom such a fascinating character. Viktor has always kept it gritty, while Doom has always showcased his smoothed-out sophistication, exemplifying it with both his musical masterpieces and intelligent wordplay. The only sign of crossover aliases on the album is on "Beefrap," the standout track on the album, which is reminiscent of Viktor's street thuggery. Elsewhere, songs like "Super" and "Con Carne" are perfect hip-hop opuses, magnifying Doom's fanatical rhyming expertise. And even though the album is overflowing with skits and instrumentals, Doom's crafty beat production keeps the album thoroughly entertaining (we'll have to thank Prince Paul for Doom's proficiency in skit arrangements).

Astonishingly, every project MF Doom undertakes is exceptional. Despite his hyper-prolificacy, MF Doom unquestionably regards quality over quantity, and you need not look any further than the music for proof. With countless projects under his professional belt, including his Metal Fingers instrumental projects and his recent collaboration with Madlib as Madvillain (2004's hip-hop album of the year so far), it's hard to imagine what will come next. But one thing is for sure; whatever the future holds for Doom, you can bet that you’ll be seeing a lot of him, in one form or another. And with a plethora of other projects already in queue, it won't be long until we dine at 'Chez Dumile' again. Anyone up for some coffee?

1. Beef Rapp
2. Hoe Cakes
3. Potholderz (feat. Count Bass-D)
4. One Beer (prod. Madlib)
5. Frendz
6. Poo-Putt Platter
7. Fillet
8. Bi-Carbonate of Figleaf
9. Con Carne
10. Guinnessez (feat. Angelika & 4ize)
11. Con Queso (prod. PNS of Molemen)
12. Rapp Snitch Knishez (feat. Mr. Fantastik)
13. Vomitspit
14. Kookiez

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