On this day, March 23rd, in hip-hop history…
2004: A decade ago today, the Hip-Hop world was introduced to one of the most innovative, unabashedly different duos to grace the Hip-Hop scene. The duo known as Madvillain (comprised of MF DOOM and producer Madlib) created an eccentric, anti-commercial brand of Hip-Hop; one that railed against everything mainstream Hip-Hop music stood for. Ten years later, the duo’s debut album, Madvillainy is hailed among the greatest Hip-Hop album’s of the millennium.
In 1999, Los Angeles-based producer Madlib listened to MF DOOM’s first full-length LP, Operation: Doomsday, and was thoroughly impressed with the masked Long Island MC. In 2002, Madlib and MF DOOMmet at the Stones Throw Records headquarters in Los Angeles, and the rest was history. The two were a match made in heaven. Madlib’s classic-yet-abstract, sample-driven production served as the perfect backdrop for DOOM’s abstract, free-flowing lyricism.
The duo released Madvillainy on March 23, 2004 to universal acclaim from Hip-Hop fans and critics. In 2010, Rhapsody ranked Madvillainy as the number one Hip-Hop album of the decade. The album was ranked 13th in Pitchfork’s list of the top 100 albums of 2000-04.—Chisom Uzosike