- Madvillainy

Madvillain - Madvillainy
CRITIC SCORE
90
Based on 8 reviews
2004 Rank: #4 / 268
USER SCORE
92
Based on
234 ratings

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100
HipHopDX

Madvillainy is DOOM and Madlib at their best, and the sum or their talents is actually greater than its equal parts.

94
Pitchfork
While Doom's entire career has been shadowed by consistently strong production efforts, never has such chemistry developed between him and another beatmaker.
90
Tiny Mix Tapes
It's an unstoppably blunted, soupy-surreal, sampledelic, garrulous, ridiculous/goofy, and timeless raw beat blast that you don't want to skip out on.
90
AllMusic
Twenty-two short and blunted tracks bang out mythical stories of villains and urban (anti) heroes trying to make it through with their ganja and wits still intact
90
Coke Machine Glow
This is an absolute must-hear for 2004, and you're certainly going to be seeing plenty more of it come list-making time this winter.
80
Sputnikmusic

It’s the fact that each piece, despite sometimes ending up fragmented and fleeting, builds into a unique presentation that makes Madvillainy a pleasure.

80
Slant Magazine

Musically innovative in a way that is nearly impossible to do justice to in print, Madvillainy is a chameleonic masterpiece that alone validates the artistry of sampler culture.

75
Entertainment Weekly

Madvillainy does not match the sharp comic storytelling of last year’s Vaudeville Villain; it’s more of an indie rap blowing session by two guys near the top of their game.

SiberianBreaks
91
Madvillainy still holds up today as one of, if not, the greatest hip hop collaboration albums of all time. This is them at the peak of their talents with DOOM's impressive bars and abstract lyrics fused with Madlib's ingenious production style. It's a humorously sinister beast of an album that just continues to display the perfection of the chemistry between these two artists.

Favourite tracks: Rainbows, Curls, Shadows of Tomorrow
DEEPSLEEP
100
Madvillainy is, hands down, one of the best hip-hop albums of all time, and of albums in general. It is packed to the brim with colorful yet gloomy, unique instrumentals from Madlib, and mind-bending, clever rhymes from DOOM.
100
I agree with BuffaloStaple
shanzdaman
100
I think Madvillainy captures the child in everyone who listens to it. The child is almost uncontainable.. imaginations run wild, and that's exactly what happens within the depths of the wonders and lyricism of Madvillainy. The dreams and fears of a child are drawn up in huge clouds and one is able to reach them through the love of this album. Several intangible and abstract concepts are illustrated within this cartoon-aesthetic masterpiece, from good vs. evil, to the different meanings of being ... read more
94
Took a while for this one to click with me. So glad I stuck with it now though. As it really is an incredible album.
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DETAILS

March 23, 2004 / Release Date
LP / Format
Stones Throw / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 6 - Pitchfork
# 17 - SPIN
Track List
  1. The Illest Villains
  2. Accordion
  3. Meat Grinder
  4. Bistro
  5. Raid
  6. America's Most Blunted
  7. Sickfit (Instrumental)
  8. Rainbows
  9. Curls
  10. Do Not Fire! (Instrumental)
  11. Money Folder
  12. Shadows Of Tomorrow
  13. Operation Lifesaver/Mint Test
  14. Figaro
  15. Hardcore Hustle
  16. Strange Ways
  17. Fancy Clown
  18. Eye
  19. Supervillain Theme (Instrumental)
  20. All Caps
  21. Great Day
  22. Rhinestone Cowboy
Contributions By
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