On this day in Hip Hop history, the infamous duo of the super villain MF DOOM and Hip Hop super producer Madlib joined forces to release their first collaborative project, Madvillainy. As a tandem, DOOM and Madlib make up the dastardly Madvillain, one of the most prolific two-man crews in rap.
Released on Stones Throw Records, the album was the duo’s debut. Its release shook the Hip Hop world with success among underground and industry listeners alike. Although it may have only hit the #179 spot on the Billboard 200 and #80 on the R&B/Hip Hop chart, the critical reception was nothing but positive. Publications that usually never cover Hip Hop, such as The New Yorker, put out reviews praising the album’s greatness.
There were four videos shot from the album: “All Caps,” “Accordion,” “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Shadow of Tomorrow,” all of which were released after the album had already made a big splash in the music scene.
After Madvillainy, the duo went on to only release one more project, Madvillainy 2 which consisted of remixes to tracks from the original along with a few new cuts for all to enjoy. Take some time out of your day today to listen to some of these legendary Hip Hop cuts. If you truly love Hip Hop, you can’t go wrong with and will never be disappointed by Madvillain.