|MF DOOM Ranked|
I came across a few R.I.P. DOOM lists so I thought I'd make my own. I'm late to the party, I know, but it seems to be the only hip hop that hits the spot since the new year. So here's my ranking of cult rapper DOOM's studio and collaborative albums. No KMD, no EPs, no live albums and no instrumental content although I highly recommend the KMD albums and Special Herbs comps.
It's just not good. And it's the only DOOM project I would say is straight up, not good.
|10||CZARFACE and MF DOOM|
Czarface Meets Metal Face
I'm not really into the CZARFACE thing but DOOM's vocal contributions work quite well with the group. The production can surprise you that none was done by DOOM himself so although I don't love this project, I applaud the CZAR-Keys for creating instrumentals that make DOOM sound right at home.
(VV:2) Venomous Villain
Viktor Vaughn albums feature no DOOM production making the instrumentals on them a little tighter sounding. Lyrically, DOOM is very much on point here. Unlike Vaudeville Villain however, it’s a very short body of work flooded with featured spots preventing it from ever feeling like a DOOM album at all. Considering this is the follow-up to both Vaudeville Villain and Madvillainy, it feels like a risky release for DOOM in his prime.
Born Like This
The long awaited Born Like This has many highlights scattered across its 17 tracks. The latter half of this album however, loses consistency. I'd say this album, though not bad, is still more on the forgettable side.
Key To The Kuffs
This record felt a little underwhelming on release but aged extremely well. I wouldn't call it essential to DOOM's discography but it's definitely worth revisiting.
I understand this is considered low. Operation: Doomsday is one fine album but doesn't offer DOOM's best work as either an MC or producer. It's a great origins story for the character and is tonally, a transitional album as he returns to making music after his hiatus. It's has glimpses of both the KMD sound and the signature DOOM sound to come.
Take Me to Your Leader
At many times Take Me To Your Leader feels like a group album with very little DOOM vocals so it’s not one of my go-to albums of his to play. It does feature some of his finest instrumental work and that’s where this album truly gets its replay value. Instrumentally, it’s flawless.
The Mouse And The Mask
Ranked a little high, sure, but it was my intro to DOOM and always has a special place for me. My love for DOOM started with his feature on Gorillaz' Demon Days in 2005. Shortly after he released a full length album with Demon Days producer Danger Mouse. Being his most accessible work in a catalog of challenging listens, I suggest any newcomers start here.
As mentioned, Viktor Vaughn albums mean no DOOM production. Unlike Venomous Villain however, there is tons of DOOM as an MC. It’s also where he comes to form as an elite one.
Released just months after the disappointing Venomous Villain, MM.. Food salvages DOOM’s year of 04 proving that his previous efforts were not just fluke, but actual glimpses of genius. His work as a lyricist and producer wed perfectly on this record. MM.. Food best captures the entirety of DOOM as an artist in a single body of work.
The Madlib collab has cemented itself as one of the greatest and most influential hip hop albums of all-time. Nothing for me to add here.