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(2002 – present)

Madvillain is a hip-hop duo that consists of emcee MF DOOM and producer Madlib.

In the summer of 2002 it was announced that MF DOOM and Madlib were working together on a project which, at that time, had no title or projected release date. The two first met up at the Stones Throw house in Los Angeles where Madlib’s studio The Bomb Shelter existed in a former 1950s-era bomb shelter. Doom immediately immersed himself in Madlib’s music and began writing lyrics and recording demos. He would continue revising lyrics and re-recording vocals for over a year.

Madlib took off to Brazil in late 2002 for the Red Bull Music Academy, where early cuts of Madvillain were premiered for the first time. (These demos were also copied and subsequently bootlegged - and the demos were later released on Madvillainy 2: The Box).

Back in Los Angeles, in mid-2003, DOOM & Madlib took over a bedroom to record vocals. First released was the Money Folder b/w America’s Most Blunted 12-inch single in the Fall of 2003. Their debut album, Madvillainy, was released in March 2004.

The music on Madvillainy went against the grain of all popular conventions in contemporary hip-hop: short songs, dirty sound, no choruses, and with lyrical themes which were not always clear to everyone on first listen. The album received the highest critical praise of a hip-hop album released in 2004, and years later has continued to generate interest and controversy.

In 2005, two remix EPs from Madvillainy were released on Stones Throw, including Four Tet Remixes and Koushik Remixes.


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  • DickBigems

    I'd take another Madvillain album in a heartbeat. Even if it isn't as good as the first or it doesn't live up to expectations, it'd be nice to hear what they come up with. It's not like a new album would really effect my opinion of their first one.

    21 Jul 4:11am Reply
  • str_chaser

    its all in ur imagination negro

    16 Jul 4:12pm Reply
  • Dj-BlackJack

    I take that back on the Deltron's album... Shit is flat as hell!

    1 Jul 12:13pm Reply
  • Dj-BlackJack

    The fuck is wrong with Deltron's new jawn??, shit is aaight, oh well, it's kinda like Shadow says, you guys love the album, not the artist...

    21 Jun 9:11pm Reply
  • sp-303

    Meat Grinder

    17 Jun 10:50pm Reply
  • Aristoxenous

    Another DOOM / Madlib collab is still needed

    13 Jun 12:44pm Reply
  • BloodOnLeaves

    no follow up album needed It didn't do Deltron 3030 any favors. [4]

    7 Jun 3:33pm Reply
  • KiDNaGi

    no follow up album needed It didn't do Deltron 3030 any favors. [3] i slightly agree here.. but... another collaboration between doom and madlib is necessary imho.. maybe they should just not call it madvillain and somehow move on.. trying new concepts.. because the musical chemistry between them is just the best.. yea.. definitely the greatest band of all time

    4 Jun 11:10pm Reply
  • adamofgenesis

    no follow up album needed It didn't do Deltron 3030 any favors. [1]

    4 Jun 4:12am Reply
  • mankycaaant

    no follow up album needed It didn't do Deltron 3030 any favors.

    26 May 3:35am Reply
  • DickBigems

    10 years old and still fresh as ever.

    25 May 6:17pm Reply
  • CapCold

    Best album of all time from the greatest band of all time

    20 May 8:32pm Reply
  • cheers_mate

    уникальное произведение искусства

    18 May 9:19pm Reply
  • gibbonsroq

    Happy late 10th birthday...

    2 Apr 9:25pm Reply
  • KeatonXZX

    happy late 10th birthday! [2]

    1 Apr 4:35pm Reply
  • MattAzathoth

    Happy late 10th birthday!

    31 Mar 8:44pm Reply
  • WS9167

    Week late, but happy birrthday!

    30 Mar 11:37am Reply
  • alefspfc

    happy 10th birthday![5]

    27 Mar 6:02pm Reply
  • Dr-Danihell

    happy 10th birthday![4] I guess its time for Madvillainy II.

    24 Mar 11:20pm Reply
  • waterwhatever

    happy 10th birthday![3]

    24 Mar 1:13pm Reply
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