Madvillain – Madvillainy (2004)
Apparently Speech Debelle didn’t do, something. Or so I half read in one of last week’s headline on some page of the Times. There was reference to the Mercury Music Award, so a new album assumedly, but that half read bold type was discouragement enough.
I routed out her first effort intending to speak of Speech but no. Giving it some attention I decided against. Disappointed (I suppose) again, with listening to underwhelming music I look for my standard, my high tide mark, Madvillain – Madvillainy.
I can’t speak highly enough of this album. A jazzy-rap mess of 60’s style public service announcements, outstanding flow, rhyme and production. MF Doom‘s (for this trades under the name Madvillain but also, at times, Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah, which he features on tracks with .. himself.. Hmmm. Anyhuu) craft is something special, nothing like anything I’ve heard, at times poignant but also irreverent. The Man’s “buttery flow” combined with Madlib (beats/production) I don’t know. This IS up there with albums I’ll go to for a long time yet. See Curls, Meatgrinder, All Caps, Great Day, Strange days any of them, really it’s all good…
Madvillain – All Caps