After rumors of a new album were raised and subsequently disproved, the world will finally bear witness to the regrouping of the Madlib/DOOM partnership known as Madvillain.
Due to be released sometime next year on Stones Throw records (the exact date is uncertain, but a project of this caliber shouldn’t be rushed), the new disk will feature Madlib’s expert productive creativity of every track with tentative input from Dave Sitek, producer for TV on the Radio. It is also rumored that Mos Def will be contributing to the album, but it uncertain whether that will be with regards to vocals or production. The exact details are being kept under closely monitored scrutiny.
The success of the duo’s first collaboration, Madvillainy, still resonates through the speakers of hip-hop aficionados everywhere. This album was unique for its method of shorter tunes featuring obscure lyrical subject matter and a general lack of choruses. It was an album that was followed by statements like, “Yo, you gotta hear dis shizz!” due to its commercially unfriendly sound. Its raw, unapologetic hip-hop sound rode the wave of underground music on a boombox-shaped surfboard while hanging all ten toes and both ass-cheeks over the side.
Both Madlib and DOOM (previously known as MF DOOM) have had a history of successful collaborations with various commercial and underground hip-hop artists. Madlib has produced albums for Erykah Badu and Tha Alkaholiks, contiributed to joint ventures with J Dilla and Talib Kwali, and released a number of instrumental albums remixing jazz, dub reggae, and music from India. DOOM, whose personal saga through the music industry is deserving of a Hollywood biopic, has worked with the rap group KMD, the Monster Island Czars collective, Ghostface Killah, and as Danger Doom with mainstream producer Danger Mouse on the album The Mouse and the Mask for the late-night Cartoon Network program Adult Swim.
However, the partnership of Madvillian is arguably the most successful, both commercially and musically, of all the partnerships. It even constituted its own action figure from the art-toy company Kidrobot.