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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. ~ Cyril Cordor

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DISC 1

1
The Time We Faced Doom (Skit) 00:02:05

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

2
Doomsday 00:04:58

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer - Pebbles The Invisible Girl, FeaturedArtist

3
Rhymes Like Dimes 00:04:19

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer - DJ Cucumber Slice, FeaturedArtist

4
The Finest 00:04:01

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer - Tommy Gunn, FeaturedArtist

5
Back in the Days (Skit) 00:00:45

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

6
Go with the Flow 00:03:37

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

7
Tick, Tick... 00:04:04

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer - Mf Grimm, FeaturedArtist

8
Red and Gold 00:04:43

MF Doom, MainArtist - King Ghidra, FeaturedArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

9
The Hands of Doom (Skit) 00:01:50

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

10
Who You Think I Am? 00:03:24

X-Ray, FeaturedArtist - Kong, FeaturedArtist - MF Doom, MainArtist - King Ghidra, FeaturedArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer - K.D., FeaturedArtist - Rodan, FeaturedArtist - Megalon, FeaturedArtist

11
Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit) 00:01:13

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

12
Hey! 00:03:47

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

13
Operation: Greenbacks 00:03:46

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer - Megalon, FeaturedArtist

14
The Mic 00:03:02

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer - Pebbles The Invisible Girl, FeaturedArtist

15
The Mystery of Doom (Skit) 00:00:22

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

16
Dead Bent 00:02:22

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

17
Gas Drawls 00:03:44

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

18
? 00:03:09

MF Doom, MainArtist - Kurious, FeaturedArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

19
Hero v.s. Villain (Epilogue) 00:02:57

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer - E. Mason, FeaturedArtist

DISC 2

1
Dead Bent (12" Version) 00:03:16

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

2
Gas Drawls (12" Version) 00:03:58

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

3
Hey (12" Version) 00:04:08

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

4
Greenbacks (12" Version) 00:03:57

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

5
Go With the Flow (12" Version) 00:03:43

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer - Sci.Fly, FeaturedArtist

6
Go With the Flow (Raw Rhymes) 00:03:43

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

7
I Hear Voices Pt. 1 (12" Version) 00:02:52

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

8
I Hear Voices Pt. 2 (12" Version) 00:02:06

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer - Mf Grimm, FeaturedArtist

9
Tick, Tock (12" Version) 00:04:24

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

10
? (Extended Raw Rhymes Version) 00:03:46

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

11
Dead Bent (12" Instrumental Version) 00:03:15

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

12
Gas Drawls (12" Instrumental Version) 00:02:53

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

13
Hey! (12" Instrumental Version) 00:03:55

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

14
Greenbacks (12" Instrumental Version) 00:03:57

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

15
The Mic (12" Instrumental Version) 00:03:03

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

16
Red and Gold (12" Instrumental Version) 00:05:07

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

17
I Hear Voices (12" Instrumental Version) 00:02:55

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

18
Doomsday (Instrumental) 00:04:58

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

19
Rhymes Like Dimes (Instrumental) 00:02:10

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

20
The Finest (Instrumental) 00:04:22

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

21
The Hands of Doom (Instrumental) 00:02:04

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

22
Who You Think I Am (Instrumental) 00:02:10

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

23
? (Instrumental) 00:02:38

MF Doom, MainArtist - Daniel Dumile, Composer, Writer

Album Description

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. ~ Cyril Cordor

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