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Friday, January 14, 2005

MF DOOM - MM.. FOOD 

Album: Mm..Food
Artist: MF Doom
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After many years, MF Doom has finally come back at us with the sequel to his classic debut Operation Doomsday. But that isn't to say that he's been sitting around doing nothing. In between MF Doom albums he's been getting busy under his alias's and doing numerous collaborations with other MC's and producers. In fact he was crazy busy last year, putting out 4 albums: Madvillainy as part of Madlib, VV2: Venomous Villain as Viktor Vaughn, Special Herbs 5 & 6, as well as Mm..Food.

Doom hasn't grown any fonder of choruses during his absence, so you won't find many here. Like Doomsday, this album is full of samples. Most centered on food and continuing the Doom story. This time around it seems that Doom has finished his mission and taken over the earth. Or maybe he hasn't, it's hard be sure. It's also hard to be sure what the connection is between food and global domination by an evil genius in a metal mask, but perhaps I'm overthinking things. Perhaps MF just had a bunch of food samples and wanted to use them all. That doesn't explain the Burt and Ernie samples though.

Perhaps Doom's busy schedule is behind the hurried feel of this album. There are some good jams at the start, Potholderz with Doom pal Count Bass D is perhaps my favorite jam; Hoecakes and Beef Rap are both solid jams too. But things take a weird turn after a few solid jams to start the album. After the Whodini sampling Deep Fried Frenz, Doom breaks into 4 straight jams constructed entirely of wacky vocal samples. They are quite well done, but are basically interludes and should've been spread out amongst the other songs. But he obviously did it for a reason, what that is I couldn't say.

Mm.. Food isn't the best work the man known as Doom has put out recently, but it will have to do I guess. If you're a huge Doom fan or a an underground hip hop obsessive, than you probably want this. He does drop a Redhead Kingpin reference though: "Singing and dancing like Redhead Kingpin", and a reference to the Redhead one always is pretty much all I need to recommend something.

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