Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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MF Doom

  • Operation: Doomsday [Sub Verse, 2001] B+
  • Mm . . Food? [Rhymesayers Entertainment, 2004] ***
  • Live From Planet X [Nature Sounds, 2005] **

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Operation: Doomsday [Sub Verse, 2001]
KMD's reincarnated Zev Love X says his new handle starts with an abbreviation for Metal Face and is based on a Marvel villain who wants to rule the world for its own good. As concept, this could get tedious fast, but as a few skits it's one more scenic sonic on an album that reaches its high point when it samples not just the Scooby-Doo theme but Scoob himself, thus acknowledging that, as Scoob knows so well, some villains are just plain evil. Right, the album never comes into full focus. But it does flow, as music and as signifying. Message: this smart guy had some horrible setbacks and came out on the other side. A role model, you might say. B+

Mm . . Food? [Rhymesayers Entertainment, 2004]
Eat the theme up with your mouth Doom ("Hoecakes," "Kon Queso"). ***

Live From Planet X [Nature Sounds, 2005]
Scoff all you like at the very notion of a live rap album, but just remember--no skits ("Name Dropping," "I Hear Voices"). **