Filed under: Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
When news that two of rap’s most eccentric and creative nutjobs (Ghostface & MF Doom) were holed-up in a studio together, working on music, the first thing that sprung to mind was that they’re either cooking-up some mind-blowing, classic shit, or are about to unleash some of the corniest crap ever laid down on two-inch reels. There won’t be any middle ground.
So far, things aren’t looking good at all. While Doom’s blend of “Mighty Healthy” gave us a glimpse of how just how good this tag-team could potentially be, “The Mask” (from the atrocious Danger Doom project) and “Charlie Brown” from the soon-to-be-released Fishscale, are exactly what I hoped this material wouldn’t sound like – self-consciously “funky” excursions into the zany side of hip-hop that seems to be so popular these days. I’m at the stage now where I’ve pretty much given up on the Metal Faced Villain putting-out any good new music (although “Rap Snitch Kanish” was great). Considering how much I bumped Black Bastards, Operation: Doomsday, “Impostas” and “I Hear Voices”, I never thought I’d get to this point, but Zev has over-exposed himself to the level where he almost makes 50 Cent seem restrained. It’s only a matter of time until the Victor Vaughn PS2 game hits the shelves.
MF Grimm seems to share this view, if his “Book of Daniel” is anything to go by. While I usually don’t support diss tracks from guys who used to run together, you can’t front on some of the cards getting pulled here. At the same time, it’s pretty easy to embaress someone you’ve known for a few years, but Grimm comes across as a serious dude, so don’t be too quick to group this track as another pre-Killa Season marketing scheme. Speaking of marketing, I have to tip my hat to Doom’s whole Special Herbs series, which has produced two different issues of ten volumes, with seperate CD and vinyl releases, which would have cost dedicated MF fans about $200 to cop the set. Now that’s what I call maximizing your profilt margin!
Ghostface Killah / Cam’Ron – Mighty Healthy / That’s Me [MF Doom Blend]
Danger Doom – The Mask
Ghostface Killah – Charlie Brown [snippet]
** UPDATE ** That “Angeles” track with Starks and Metal Face sharing mic duties is dope. There’s hope for this project yet…
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