Missed Music

Music you didn’t know you needed…until now.

Fun and inspired Hip Hop from DANGERDOOM

When I started listening to Hip Hop, I was the only one of my friends who could stomach it (being a white guy raised in rural / suburban Ohio). I am happy that now Hip Hop has grown, branched out, and influenced so many different styles. Even my most Classic Rock entrenched friends (“Turn that rap shit off!”) have gotten used to the sound and like a few tracks these days. So while today’s recommendation is hardly obscure, a lot of people may not have picked it up yet.

"Yeah. America's craving some Doom..."

"Yeah. America's craving some Doom..."

The Mouse and the Mask by DANGERDOOM is weapons grade genius. DANGERDOOM is a collaboration between Danger Mouse (The Grey Album, Knarls Barkley) and MF Doom (a.k.a. Viktor Vaughn, Zev Love X, King Geedorah, Metal Fingers, and the Supervillain). This release is a concept album inspired by Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming, so while it boasts performances by Ghostface Killah, Cee-Lo, and Talib Kweli, it also features cameos by (the actual) Space Ghost, Brak, and Zorak. There are also plenty of references to the cartoons we watched as children on Saturday mornings.

Honestly, this CD is so much fun. I absolutely laughed out loud throughout my first listen to it and the hooks are so potent I don’t get tired of the grooves. Danger Mouse’s inventive production makes natural blends of violins & scratching, horns & keyboards, glockenspiel & whistling. I’m not mashup literate enough to know where he gets all his samples, but he’s a mad genius for mixing. Doom’s lyrics are humorous (Anybody who rhymes “after these messages“ and “chicks squeeze your breastesses” is having fun) and delivered in a smooth rhythmic drawl that makes the pauses as important as where he puts the words.

You should listen to the whole disc end-to-end, but if you’re looking to pick up a couple cool tracks, check these:

Sofa King – Doom is a smooth MC
Space Hoes – My favorite track on this disc features the aforementioned cameo from the Space Ghost Coast to Coast crew.
Old School Rules – Talib Kweli joins Doom to throw down over a danceable horn riff.



February 23, 2009 - Posted by | Hip Hop

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