DOOM & Black Thought Have Released A Track Showcasing How Mad Nice They Are (Audio)
In the mid-2000s, MF DOOM was on a run as prolific as any in Hip-Hop. Between 2003 and 2005, the Metal Face villain released at least eight projects, not including a live LP and a compilation of Special Blends. That run began with off-shoot group Monsta Island Czars’ 2003 Rhymesayers debut album Escape From Monsta Island and ended with 2005’s The Mouse and The Mask by DangerDOOM.
DangerDOOM paired the MC with Rhode Island producer Danger Mouse for a praised Lex/Epitaph Records effort. After years of helping create the underground Hip-Hop community in New York City, DOOM flirted with a Top 40 album (peaking at #41) that featured Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli, and Danger Mouse’s future Gnarls Barkley partner, CeeLo Green. Furthermore, the album also involved a number of Adult Swim personalities, matching its cartoonish inspiration. This was during an era when DOOM was reportedly at work on a Def Jam-backed Ghostface Killah joint album, during Jay Z’s label presidency. Meanwhile, Danger Mouse had made headlines through his game-changing Beatles and Jay Z mash-up The Grey Album, and was transitioning to his role with Gnarls and Broken Bells.
Nearly a dozen years later, a “Metal Face Edition” of DangerDOOM’s lone album is releasing on May 5. Coming through DOOM’s imprint, the version features two unreleased tracks. Included is “Mad Nice” featuring The Roots’ Black Thought and Vinny Price (a clever homage to actor Vincent Price’s laughter sampled on the song), and the song “Spokesman.” According to retailer Fat Beats, the packaging combines the original 2005 deluxe edition (including a Madlib remix) with 2006’s Occult Hymn EP. That project was a free release through Adult Swim.
The DOOM and Thought collaboration releases just in time. With some recognizable sinister laughing, both MCs hit the track with thrilling verses. They step to the mic as underdogs who are, as Thought raps, “top shottas.” DOOM spits bars about cars. With compound rhymes, he addresses faith, food, and stacking paper.
The Mouse and The Mask remains the highest charting album of MF DOOM’s 25-plus-year career. In the last year he’s worked with Madlib, Kool Keith, The Avalanches, and Atmosphere. Meanwhile, Danger Mouse (aka recently worked with Red Hot Chili Peppers and made the Golden Globe-nominated collaboration “Gold Iggy Pop” from Gold soundtrack.