"Phantom of the Grand Ole Opry, ask the dumb hottie. Masked pump shotty, somebody stop me.”
Because underground hip-hop and the classics are comparably equal in music quality to the shit they play on the radio today? They are exact opposites like night and day. You will almost never hear real hip-hop on the radio…artists like Aesop Rock, Mos Def, MF DOOM, Mast Ace, R.A. the Rugged Man and the countless others.
MF DOOM - Bookfiend (prod. by Clams Casino)
Let me start off by saying that MF DOOM’s incredible lyricism really makes Bookfiend what it is. He spits some of the best verses I’ve heard from him in a while. You’ll definitely want to read along with the lyrics at least once to fully appreciate this song’s inherent complexity. As you might guess from the track title, MF DOOM describes his undying love for books, but in an incredibly profound and roundabout fashion with masterfully structured metaphors and double entendres. I also love how Clams Casino can produce some of the trillest beats ever, such as for A$AP Rocky's outstanding song Palace, to concocting this hauntingly psychedelic instrumental tailored to an abstract hip-hop artist like MF DOOM. He’s unarguably one of the best new school producers in the game.
"How you know octagon? Or much less Tetragrammaton? To get the good stuff you need to get out to the Amazon."
My Song Rating: 9.1 out of 10
Tyler, The Creator & Earl Sweatshirt meet MF DOOM
Earl literally looks like he’s about to shed a tear…they’re clearly big fans.
Madvillain - All Caps (Instrumental)
I don’t normally post instrumentals, but Madlib’s works tend to be much more than just eight note loops of standardness. The artistic intricacy he consistently works into his gorgeously outlandish beats allows him to hang out at the legends table with Dilla, Premier, Kno, Nujabes…and the many others. I love to freestyle over this whenever a session goes down. It’s a classic instrumental off of a timeless album.
"Just remember ALL CAPS when you spell the man’s name."
My Instrumental Rating: 10 out of 10
"Them backs pack energy like nuclear reactors.
My name is Lord Quas and this be the broad factor.”
Captain Murphy [Flying Lotus] - Between Villains (ft. Viktor Vaughn [MF DOOM], Earl Sweatshirt & Thunder Cat)
Yes…you heard right…Flying Lotus, MF DOOM, and Earl Sweatshirt all on the same fuckin’ track and it goes HARD! In terms of rhyming, this song is a masterpiece. Earl Sweatshirt outdoes most of what you’ll find on his new album Doris. This is Earl at about 90%, but he still relentlessly rips shit. MF DOOM also spits some of the best bars of 2013, and his tone definitely achieves that classic Viktor Vaughn vibe. This is also my favorite song thus far by Flying Lotus’s alter-MC-ego Captain Murphy. He kills it! In short, everyone played their part to a cue, including regular FlyLo collaborator Thunder Cat. I really hope more amazing collab songs like this are made with Earl and DOOM. They work exceedingly well together.
You’ll be able to download Between Villains for free on Monday at Adult Swim’s site, or you can do what I just did and search the internet real fast.
My Song Rating: 9.6 out of 10
I arranged some of my favorite records from my extensive collection. I wanted to add more, but I the ceiling restricted a wider shot.
“Only in America could you find a way to make a healthy buck, and still keep your attitude on self-destruct.”
- MF Doom