Madvillainy

Madvillain - Madvillainy
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2004 Ratings: #6 / 297
User Score
Based on 785 ratings
2004 Ratings: #1
March 23, 2004 / Release Date
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Stones Throw / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.
90
Prefix

Out of hip-hop’s constant conflicted state comes Madvillainy, showing us that it’s not wrong — but that it’s damn right — to keep it “unreal” in hip-hop culture.

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.

exception
99
this record is now my favorite from mf doom. he has some of the most talent out of any rapper, and the production from madlib puts this on another level. one of the best collab LPs from 2 incredible people.
fav tracks: accordion, americas most blunted, fancy clown, rhinestone cowboy
least fav tracks: rainbows
AZIZ
100
Madvilliany is the greatest hip-hop album ever made in my humble opinion. Madvilliany is a good 45 minutes of pure insanity as we are taken into the minds of Madlib and MF DOOM, and wow what a ride that is. From the get-go, you'll notice how short the songs are. Madvilliany makes short, sweet songs with very few choruses. Because the tracks are so short (And MF is bringing his usual captivating rhymes) it's actually kind of catchy and memorable, and it puts most songs that go for that same ... read more
kneelthedivine
73
I'm pretty sure people just pretend to like this album as much as they do so they won't get bullied.
EMR
100
It is fantastic to just listen to this album every time. It seems like there is so much to discover in these really small vignettes that one could get lost in the tracklist no matter how many times you listen to it. MF Doom and Madlib have categorized themselves as two of the most impressive minds in hip-hop history in their respective careers, but it's with Madvillainy that they achieved supremacy. Madlib's inventive production backs up Doom's fantastic lyricism (with some of the best rap ... read more
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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
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