Viktor Vaughn
Vaudeville Villain


4.0
excellent

Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (73 Reviews)
January 8th, 2010 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is super serious business.

If Doom isn’t one of the more interesting characters in rap, he certainly is one of the weirdest out of them. Mixing Kool Keith’s multiple personalities with comic book wonder, Doom formulates his persona from Dr. Doom, and wears a mask to cover his *HIDEOUS* face. At this point, though, this is common knowledge in the underground circles of hip hop, and no longer needs to be mentioned. Instead, it is mentionable that this is an album that is not under his lighter, funkier MF DOOM or generally mixed King Geedorah, but rather it’s labeled under the much more antagonistic moniker Viktor Vaughn. Vaudville Villain is Viktor Vaughn at his best, with complex, wordy MCing and violent, low key, and drab instrumentation setting an altogether eerie mood with some oddball inconsistency taking away from absolute perfection.

The album kicks off with the title track, with Viktor Vaughn’s possibly most energetic and awake flow ever mixed with a scrambling whirlwind of superhero samples, fuzzy guitars and a pounding drum track. Although on a more energetic level than most of the record, the dark mood continues throughout the record. Vaudville Villain plays off Vaughn’s antagonistic character, favoring low key electronics and pure minimalism over organic samples and fuller sounds of Operation Doomsday. Hallow and empty, the simplistic drum programming, buzzing electronics create the sort of environment proper for such an antagonistic villain like Vaughn. Examples include King Honey’s “A Dead Mouse”, which takes the generic Hindi sample shtick in rap and creates a seriously eerie track with it, while Heat Sensor’s “Raedawn” takes synthesizer atmospherics and plays like villainous elevator music for Viktor Vaughn to destroy.

Viktor Vaughn even sounds noticeably sleeper here to an effect. However, his flow strays a bit for the effect of many tracks. While “Vaudville Villain”, “Saliva”, and “Mr. Clean” come from a more playful character, perhaps DOOM coming to visit, most of the tracks features more of DOOM’s almost purposefully stumbling and low key delivery. He packs all of his tracks with his syllables galore and tongue twisting, and even when he takes a small break from that (the awkward story-telling of a bad relationship with the inconsiderate Viktor Vaughn on “Let Me Watch”), he makes it very clear that it’s his forte. Naming dropping on Peter Parker, Transformers, and Donkey Kong all in the same song while contrasting excellently with the generic MCing of his partner M. Sayyid (on “Never Dead”) is certainly an accomplishment for an MC on its own terms.

But what’s more is the fact that Vaudville Villain, despite its slip-ups both in mood and bad songs (“Let Me Watch” mostly), it’s a dark trip down the antagonistic darkness of Viktor Vaughn, an inconsiderate rhymer not really concerned with what anyone thinks. Vaudville Villain is a solid trip, and certainly at least a little unusual, even for a DOOM record, worth a good look into, especially if you like most of your production sounding like it’s leading somewhere, rather than an anonymous bunch of beats from random producers across the board that sound nothing like each other. Next to Madvillainy and MMM… Food, a good introduction for DOOM, if less accessible than the former and a little lacking in highlights much unlike the later.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
hydeyomoney
January 8th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what's up DOOM?

sgrevs
January 8th 2010


698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Let Me Watch is one of the best songs in Doom's discography, you smokin crack son.

hydeyomoney
January 8th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Let Me Watch is wack, all of the songs on here are better, tho i admit it's kinda funny at the end.

Tits McGee
January 9th 2010


1876 Comments


Let Me Watch is good. Otherwise I agree with the review.

Kyle
January 9th 2010


667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, Let Me Watch is one of Doom's best tracks.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 9th 2010


15098 Comments


let me watch is definitely the best thing on here


saliva is 2nd

TheEnforcer
January 9th 2010


270 Comments


Much fuller review than some of your previous outings and you've managed to perk my interest about the
artist as well. pos'd



brainsheldis
January 9th 2010


320 Comments


I'm not really a huge fan of Let Me Watch either, and this is definitely one of my favorite rap albums. So many solid songs and quotable lyrics. The best thing DOOM has done besides Madvillainy imo.

hydeyomoney
January 9th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0



Much fuller review than some of your previous outings and you've managed to perk my interest about the

artist as well. pos'd





wow thank you man.





I'm not really a huge fan of Let Me Watch either,


woop woop



thanks everyone for the comments and praise and ect.

iisblackstar
January 10th 2010


431 Comments


mate i was trying to find something wrong with this review and the only thing that bothered me was the people interrupting me while i was reading it. definately the best of yours that ive read
pos'd

hydeyomoney
January 10th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you man.

snoopdogg6969
October 8th 2012


419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

there isnt a bad song on here, but yeah let me watch is the worst lol

LambsBread
April 11th 2014


5334 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's like limbo

how low can you go?

V go lower than your bimbo pantyhose

damn yo! i'd say thats pretty damn low



frigyourgenre
April 12th 2014


2029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of dooms best

LambsBread
October 19th 2014


5334 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Halt! who goes there?

it's V. the emcee who's nasty as nose hair

SaneTBP
April 18th 2015


2070 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Listened to one song off this and it was awesome, gonna check out

SaneTBP
April 25th 2015


2070 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

At Modern Day Mugging atm, and this is on par with Madvillainy for me so far.. amazing, amazing

LambsBread
April 25th 2015


5334 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

every rhyme on this album > anything kendrick has ever done

Cygnatti
April 25th 2015


25799 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah it's cool

Digging: Darkthrone - Goatlord

LambsBread
April 25th 2015


5334 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

your rating isnt



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