Best Album of 2004
2004 was a great year when it came to records that shaped the scene I grew up in, but I really had to give it to the brilliant duo Madvillian and their record “Madvilliany.”Just when I thought rap was dead, MF Doom teamed up with Madlib to create easily the most enjoyable and tightly produced rap record since the early days of Wu-Tang. Madlib is a master at creating some of the most unique and brilliant beats. While MF Doom’s sly, laid back style of rapping is something that may take a few listens to fully embrace but once you do, it will be something you’ll never forget. When it comes down to brass tax, this is my number one Hip Hop record of all time. It’s one of those albums everyone should have in their collection. #bestof2004#madvillain#madvillainy
The Importance of a good producer.
In hip-hop, the rapper usually tends to overshadow the producer/DJ behind the scenes. As an example, I will focus on the importance of Madlib in the making of the album Madvillainy. Madvillainy is easily a 10/10 album, and clearly, the outstanding and brilliant rapping of MF DOOM is a focal point of this record, but is not the only reason why the album is so incredible. The smooth beats produced by Madlib help draw focus to the smooth delivery and flow of DOOM. As well as the beautiful instrumentals on the tracks that do not involve rapping. Madlib manages to hold attention, despite a lack of lyrics in a 2 minute track. Madvillainy would not be the album that it is if it were not produced by Madlib. The production on this album is the reason that it is the peak in the discography of MF DOOM. In conclusion, the role of producers is unfairly looked over, and it is nearly impossible to make a solid track and/or album without good beats, mixing, and all other aspects of production.
So as we finish up our conversation on the greatest hip hop albums of all time, i want to discuss underrated albums. More specifically i wanna discuss Madvillany; one of the most well appreciated albums in hip hop, but also one of the most underrated. Although well received through the core hip hop community, madvillany is often seen as boring and unappealing to some. And i get that. It’s not a traditional formate album and it was a lot of interesting productional choices made. And again we as hip hop fans we love that kind of originality but to the average ear it might be a different story. Another very underrated album is Liquid Swords by GZA. This is one of the hardest albums of all time but yet it is often left off of peoples top albums list. Why? Well yes there are better albums and a lot of albums neck and neck with it, however me personally I’d have it in my top 20. It’s just that every single song is hard in one way or another. You don’t get that to often. So i had to have this album in this discussion. That’s all i got though. Tell me your opinions in the comments on what you feel some of the most underrated hip hop albums of all time are. And if you haven’t, make sure you check out my previous two posts relating to similar topics on the greatest albums of all time.
The legendary MF DOOM’s (Daniel Dumile) work can be found under a plethora of monikers but his style is unmistakable. Through his unique blend of hip-hop and nerd culture, husky flow, and indelible, off-kilter rhymes DOOM has built an enduring, broadly loved and influential legacy. On episode 33 we take a deep dive into the super villain’s catalog, starting with early KMD years as Zev Love X. After being abandoned by the music industry, he returned to the scene with revenge on the mind, dawning a metal mask and spitting with a new ferocity. The result was a string of several classic albums culminating in a gold standard of underground hip-hop in Madvillainy. Since then, MF DOOM’s output has become more sporadic, but while he may not do exactly what we want, he’s the super villain we deserve.
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