MF DOOM – Operation: Doomsday (CD) (1999) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

Simultaneously hailed as an underground classic and cast aside as poorly produced backpack rap, Operation: Doomsday inaugurated the reign of MF Doom in underground rap from the early to mid-2000s. The pretext for the album is very similar to that of Marvel Comics supervillain Dr. Doom; after MF Doom, then known as Zevlove X, had been devastated by the death of his brother and K.M.D. accomplice, DJ Sub-Roc, in the early ’90s, Elektra dropped his group and stopped the release of its second album, Black Bastards, due to its political message and, more specifically, its cover art. Doom was left scarred with a lingering pain that didn’t manifest until the late ’90s as hip-hop’s only masked supervillain on Bobbito Garcia’s Fondle ‘Em Records. Carrying the weight of the past on his shoulders, Doom opens and closes Operation: Doomsday with frank and sincere lyrics. In between, however, many of the villain’s rhymes are rather hard and piercing. On his subsequent material, he developed a more steady and refined delivery, but on this debut, Doom was at his rawest and, lyrically, most dexterous. The out-of-left-field edge of Doom’s production — which features ’80s soul and smooth jazz mixed with classic drum breaks — is indeed abstract at times, but his off-kilter rhymes are palatable and absent any pretentiousness. In fact, the album arguably contains some of the freshest rhymes one might have heard around the time of its release. There are more than enough obscure but fun references (i.e. “quick to whip up a script like Rod Serling” on “Go with the Flow” or “MCs, ya style needs Velamints” on “Dead Bent”) and quotable jewels from the “on-the-mike Rain Man” to feed on. Nevertheless, one would be hard-pressed to overlook the low-budget mixing that mars some of the LP’s presentation. For the hardcore Doom fans, the recorded-in-the-basement quality is appealing and representative of his persona as the underdog who “came to destroy rap.” In contrast, given his contributions to hip-hop during the 2000s, the masked villain offers this explanation on “Doomsday”: “Definition: supervillain/A killer who loves children/One who is well-skilled in destruction as well as buildin’.” Even though this album is certainly not for everyone, you can easily respect from where the man is coming.


01 The Time We Faced Doom (Skit)
02 Doomsday (Feat. Pebbles The Invisible Girl)
03 Rhymes Like Dimes (Feat. Cucumber Slice)
04 The Finest (Feat. Tommy Gunn)
05 Back In The Days (Skit)
06 Go With The Flow
07 Tick, Tick… (Feat. MF Grimm)
08 Red And Gold (Feat. King Ghidra)
09 The Hands Of Doom (Skit)
10 Who You Think I Am? (Feat. King Ceasar, Rodan, Megalon, Kamakiras & Kong)
11 Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit)
12 Hey!
13 Operation Greenbacks (Feat. Megalon & King Ghidra)
14 The Mic
15 The Mystery Of Doom (Skit)
16 Dead Bent
17 Gas Drawls
18 ? (Feat. Kurious)
19 Hero Vs. Villain (Epilogue) (Feat. E. Mason)


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  1. For info track 19 is not Hero Vs. Villain (Epilogue). It’s “I Hear Voices Pt. 1”, the track that replaced Hero Vs. Villain (Epilogue) on the 2001 remaster edition of the album. Original track was back on the 2011 Lunchbox edition for those who wants to compare. So the album posted here is the 2001 remaster edition of Operation Doomsday (I downloaded only the flac post). Can you correct and mention it ? And can someone post a flac rip of the original 1999 cd ? It cannot be found somewhere else on internet. Please and thanks.

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