Back in 2004, the grizzly-voiced art rapper MF Doom teamed up with mixmaster supreme Madlib to create Madvillian and the album Madvilliany, one of the greatest and weirdest hip-hop records of our time. That was seven years ago. Since then, the duo have separated, gone on to do awesome solo work and other collaborations, laid low, got big press, and talked up a Madvillian reunion that seemed destined to never quite come true. And though each artist has done some extraordinary work in the seven years since Madvilliany dropped, neither has managed to come up with an opus that matches the vision and ingenuity of that first record. So it’s pretty exciting news that there’s some new Madvillian music floating around in cyberspace.
The music in question is a two-minute clip of two songs – “Avalanche” and “Victory Lap” – that was featured in a podcast from Stones Throw records, showcasing tracks from the labels forthcoming records. “Avalanche” features Doom’s trademark associative flow over a spacey and hookless soul sample, and includes a shout-out to Stones Throw for “sponsoring” this “Frankenstein Monster.” There’s also a line in which Doom self-identifies as “the most retardedest of artistes.” Classic Doom. “Victory Lap” is more uptempo, with a ferocious beat that Doom runs circles around with his intricate rhymes. Unfortunately, both tracks are less than a minute long, and serve less as a sneak peak of the album than mere evidence that these two are together again and doing legit work. Now we wait. Download the podcast on iTunes, or stream for free here.