MF DOOM
MM.. Food


4.5
superb

Review

by ronburgandy USER (9 Reviews)
March 10th, 2013 | 28 replies | 2,035 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We shall now vote for a new world leader, I nominate... DOOM!

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

While the man has laid largely dormant over the past few years, at one point, MF DOOM was churning out a spectacular amount of excellent music at an absurd rate. Over the course of 2003 and 2004, he released five albums, including the fantastic Madvillainy (with Madlib), Vaudeville Villain (under the guise of Viktor Vaughn) and of course, Mm.. Food, an album that easily stands with his best.

In a discography characterized by a lack of self-seriousness or almost anything resembling social commentary, Mm.. Food still emerges as DOOM’s most lighthearted album, which is in no way a bad thing. It’s a refreshing breath of fun, standing out from the masses of heavyhanded, heavyhearted albums. This light atmosphere largely stems from the fantastic, bouncy, bright and just all around awesome production. With the exception of Potholders and One Beer, the entire album was produced by DOOM himself and on it, he deftly samples his formidable catalogue of cheesy jazz and massive kick drums to summon up tons of cartoony, nostalgic imagery.

Mm.. Food also showcases DOOM’s great lyricism. He draws upon his usual mixture of obscure references and nimble wordplay, crafting deliciously complex rhymes. As an emcee, DOOM is always eminently clever and quotable, and here he is no different, consistently dropping verses like this one, from Beef Rapp:

“A rhyming cannibal who's dressed to kill and cynical
Whether is it animal, vegetable, or mineral
It's a miracle how he get so lyrical
And proceed to move the crowd like a old Negro spiritual”

Kookies (which was rereleased with an inferior beat on the 2007 reissue of the album) is perhaps the best song on the album. It has a fantastic beat, with infectious, huge booming drums as well as ringing bells and brass hits- samples pulled from the “funky chimes” Sesame Street closing music. It certainly speaks to DOOM’s skill as a producer that he can make music from a children’s show into a great hip-hop song, though equally interesting is his ability to turn hip-hop, a genre often concerned with being “hard” or “street”, into a place where children’s tv is right at home, and rappers name-drop the Teletubbies (as DOOM does on One Beer). It is this atmosphere of freedom and amusement that makes Mm.. Food so good and so refreshing. Another great song, Vomitspit, also boasts a great beat, with ringing keyboads and a groovy guitar line. It also has some of the best rapping on the album, with DOOM dropping juicy chucks of lyricism, like:

“Rake it
Take it like the good, the bad, the ugly
Break it rollin through ya hood in the cadi buggy
Butter softy, leather floss, and fatty juggy
Always threw me off when she told me daddy funk me”

Also among the best songs are: Deep Fried Frenz, which makes great use of a Whodini sample; Potholderz, which features a nice guest verse from Count Bass D and One Beer, a song cut from Madvillainy- though rightly so, as its bright vibe fits in far better here. However, true be told, there are really no bad or even mediocre tracks; both the rapping and production on Mm.. Food remain remarkable consistent.

That said, there is one part of the album that is somewhat problematic: the amount of skits. While quite entertaining as far as skits go, and thought they contain some great beats, the middle four songs on the album, lasting a combined six-and-a-half minutes, are purely skits. Nor are they the only skits on the album: Beef Rapp opens with nearly two minutes of skits, and a bunch of songs have a minute of so skit tacked on at the end. While their goofiness does enhance the cartoony nature of the album, my rough estimates point to there being roughly twelve minutes of skit on this fifty minute album, which has been shown to be too much skit for the average listener.

Skits aside, at the end of the day, Mm.. Food is a remarkably consistent album, with top-notch and highly distinctive production, not to mention great rapping. Out of one of the best discographies in hip-hop, Mm.. Food emerges as one of MF DOOM’s finest.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ronburgandy
March 9th 2013



249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Here's the link to the original version of Kookies, in case you've only heard the new one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RYCLfGE-_Q

J0ckstrapsFTW
March 9th 2013



3652 Comments


Album fucking rules have a pos'd

oltnabrick
March 9th 2013



30052 Comments


sweet new review

Digging: Stellar OM Source - Ocean Woman

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2013



18005 Comments


rules so much

Digging: Autechre - Draft 7.30

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 10th 2013



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DOOM is probably the best rapper

pissbore
March 10th 2013



9935 Comments


yeah that space oddity cover rules, its not by dave matthews band though its by david matthews, different dude

ronburgandy
March 10th 2013



249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sorry for stealing your thunder man. Your review's probably better anyway- you should post it

oltnabrick
March 10th 2013



30052 Comments


Black on bof sydez

oltnabrick
March 11th 2013



30052 Comments


Ye I've always wondered why DOOMs average ratings are just at 4

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 11th 2013



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my fav doom is madvillain, followed by viktor vaughn. his other solo stuff is tight, but i find the beats a bit lacking. he's a master mc though

robschuldiner1
March 11th 2013



277 Comments


Pos'd might check this

WeepingBanana
March 11th 2013



10036 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so nice to have a not 3.5 review for this album. flag plz

good review but it's kind of pointless to say stuff like

Also among the best songs on the album are Deep Fried Frenz, Potholderz, Beef Rapp and One Beer


because 1) all the songs are the best songs

and 2) you're kinda just listing off your favorite songs in the middle of a review that otherwise flowed pretty well

still though, have a pos

oltnabrick
March 11th 2013



30052 Comments


its still better than the other review lol

oltnabrick
March 11th 2013



30052 Comments


i find the beats a bit lacking.


DOOM has tons of good beats lol

WeepingBanana
March 11th 2013



10036 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love the skits in the middle cause the beats are good enough to keep me into it

oltnabrick
March 11th 2013



30052 Comments


yeah the skits are pretty funny tho

WeepingBanana
March 11th 2013



10036 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

negro humor always escaped me

omnipanzer
March 11th 2013



21418 Comments


MM.. DOOM

Digging: Grant Lee Buffalo - Fuzzy

oltnabrick
March 11th 2013



30052 Comments


lol thats the best

omnipanzer
March 11th 2013



21418 Comments


Now I'm in the mood for some DangerDoom.



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