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There is no substitute for hard
work. On his way to becoming the undisputed king of the underground, Daniel
Dumile overcame the death of his brother, Subroc; industry censorship, with
Electra's refusal to release his old group KMD's sophomore album, Black Bastards, in 1993; and a stint
slumming it on the New York streets. He's been on the hip-hop grind since 1991
- be it as Zev Love X, Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah, MF Doom or the Madvillain
- and the man behind the metal mask has been straight prolific since
reintroducing himself on his 2001 LP, Operation:


Producer Danger Mouse, on the
other hand, took the express route to name recognition last year with his
Beatles vs. Jay-Z mash-up project, The
Grey Album
. The classic-rock and hip-hop blend
garnered high praise from both sides of the aisle, and that led to Danger Mouse
grabbing a coveted spot on the latest Gorillaz project, Demon Days.

With the best album of 2004, Madvilliany, already headlining his resume, Doom
linked up with the Mouse - and the animated lineup of the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim empire, particularly its
crown jewel, Aqua Teen Hunger Force -
to form DangerDoom. Sounds like a classic on paper, but can DangerDoom prove to be more than the average
Net-head's wet dream?

The complete randomness of Aqua Teen Hunger Force - a cartoon about
the misadventures of an out-of-work superhero team consisting of a professor in
the shape of a French-fry box, a maladjusted milkshake and a soft-spoken
meatball - presents an interesting parallel to Doom's stream-of-consciousness
verses, unique delivery and super-villain persona. There are many gems dropped
by Doom, but "Mince Meat" proves there is a method behind the madness: "Who
love to taste her goody, but got no time to be wastin' chasin' puddy/ Out for
Daffy Duck bucks/ Porky Pig paper, Bugs Bunny money, a Sylvester cat caper."

With Doom in a lyrical zone,
the LP ultimately hinges on the Mouse to hang with the Mask. Unlike his
previous projects, Danger Mouse takes a minimalist approach, lacing the album
with rather elementary beats that provide a platform for Doom to be, well,
Doom. On "Benzie Box," Cee Lo's chorus brings order to speaker-busting bass.
The Mouse matches a violin loop with a classic boom-bap drum pattern on "Sofa
King," and "The Mask," the much-anticipated collaboration between Ghostface and
Doom, is finally realized over a blaring trumpet sample.

Doom normally rides a beat
until the wheels fall off on The Mouse
and the Mask
, but big names such as Talib Kweli and the aforementioned
Cee-Lo fill in the choruses, a welcome addition to the Doom formula. The Mouse and the Mask's levity is the antithesis of the dense Madvilliany, and it continues Doom's
steady march toward achieving legendary status. But despite his
accomplishments, he still lacks universal recognition. Until the majority
catches up with the minority, long live Doom.
DangerDoom Website

My Space DangerDoom Page
(Listen to the Entire Album)

Epitaph Records Website

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