MF DOOM - Operation Doomsday (Silver Cover)
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With his 1999 debut album, Operation: Doomsday, the masked rapper blurred the lines between present and past all the while delivering a masterpiece that molded an approach to rapping and producing that was suffused with memory. His vocals were slurred, almost dreamlike. In an era in which hip-hop was polishing its rough spots for mainstream acceptance, MF DOOM was almost completely interior like he was rapping to himself. The music was intimately, almost quixotically, personal.
Sometimes on Operation: Doomsday, Doom rapped about death directly, and heavily. But, even when he didn’t, the clouds still hung low above him. Listening to the album was like standing outside in a summer rainstorm. You felt drenched, drained, gut punched, short of breath. The album served as a multilayered memorial - an act of grief for a lost loved one, a somber tribute to an approach to music that was becoming extinct, and an unassuming yet towering act of artistic recalcitrance.
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The album features the singles "Dead Bent", "Gas Drawls" and "Hey!"
Heavyweight double vinyl produced by Metal Face Records. SILVER cover edition. US Import.