Madvillain - Madvillainy
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2004 Ratings: #3 / 458
User Score
2004 Rank: #1All Time: #4
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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
100
HipHopDX

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

100
Alternative Press

All invention and no indulgence.

100
The Needle Drop

A defining record for abstract Hip-Hop. Unique, next-level, amazing, mind-blowing production from track-to-track.

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
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
AllHipHop

Madvillainy is a near-classic record and perfect example of why Madlib and MF Doom are running this rap s###.

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
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.

80
Mojo

The wily creativity on display here is astonishing.

80
The Observer
This new partnership with Madlib is a bid for commercial stability, and at first listen it's a good match. Madlib's beats, crafted with a jazzman's careful carelessness, fit well with Doom's slurred delivery and cultivated torpor.
80
Q Magazine

One utterly badass album.

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.

AZIZ
97

DORITOS, FRITOS OR CHEETOS

BradTasteMusic
99

Aged like fine wine.

Yeah I thought it was overrated for a while, but who cares. This album is amazing. The more I listen, the better it gets. The slow moments create one of the most unique environments I’ve ever heard in any album.

Chode
100

Living off borrowed time the clock ticks faster.

Simply put, MF DOOM is the greatest rapper of all time. Very few rappers possess the same sense of humor, level of wit, and originality that DOOM possessed during his lifetime. Being as enigmatic as he was, not much was known about MF DOOM prior to him taking up his villainous name. After he founded the group KMD with his younger brother in 1988, whose passing in 1993 broke the group up, DOOM went on to become homeless from the year 1994 to ... read more

94

i don't think this album is perfect but a lot of tracks are super fun to listen to. the production is also revolutionary and you can hear how this album is obviously so definitive for abstract rap.
favorite tracks: The Illest Villains, Accordion, Meat Grinder, Bistro, Raid, Sickfit, Curls, Money Folder, Shadows of Tomorrow, Operation Lifesaver A.K.A. Mint Test, Figaro, Hardcore Hustle, Strange Ways, Fancy Clown, Eye, Supervillain Theme, All Caps, Great Day, Rhinestone Cowboy
least favorite ... read more

bugs_bunny
100

All caps when you spell the man name.

Halo56
83

It needs a re-listen but I think it's really good, come back to a good amount of songs.

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