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Operation: Doomsday

Operation: Doomsday
Studio album by MF Doom
Released April 20, 1999
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre Underground hip hop, alternative hip hop, jazz rap
Length 57:58
Label Fondle 'Em Records
Producer Metal Fingers, DJ Subroc, Percy Carey (exec.)
MF DOOM chronology
Mr. Hood (with KMD)
(1991)
Operation: Doomsday
(1999)
MF EP
(2000)
Operation: Doomsday (Complete)
Cover for the 2011 reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Pitchfork Media (8.9/10)[2]
Robert Christgau (B+)[3]
RapReviews (9/10)[4]
Amazon.com (favourable)[5]
Spin (8/10)[6]
Sputnikmusic [7]
A.V. Club (A)[8]

Operation: Doomsday is the debut solo album by British-American emcee/producer MF DOOM, marking his return to the hip hop scene after KMD's demise. It was released as CD & 2/LP on Fondle 'Em Records in April 20, 1999, and reissued by Sub Verse Records in 2011 with a slightly altered track listing.[9]

The album was financed by MF Grimm who also supplied many of the samples in his capacity as executive producer. The album was also recorded in his basement. Despite this, he has never been paid any of the royalties he was entitled to, leading to a beef between the two artists for a period of time in the mid-2000s.

Despite being reissued, the CD went out of print sometime between 2003 and 2004, quickly becoming an expensive collector's item, while the LP stayed in print for much longer.

The original cover was designed by LORD SCOTCH 79th.

The album was released on iTunes in May 2007 and widely re-released on MF DOOM's Metal Face Records on October 7, 2008.

It was announced on December 16, 2010 that Operation: Doomsday was being reissued in 2011. The reissue cover was designed by Jason Jagel, who did the art for Mm.. Food.[10] It was reported that there were licensing issues with the original artwork that caused problems with reissuing. Stones Throw Records stated that Doom was working on a track-listing for the reissue.[11]

Track listing

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Time We Faced Doom" (Skit)   2:04
2. "Doomsday"     4:58
3. "Rhymes Like Dimes" (featuring DJ Cucumber Slice)   4:18
4. "The Finest" (featuring Tommy Gunn)   4:01
5. "Back in the Days" (Skit)   0:45
6. "Go with the Flow"     3:36
7. "Tick, Tick…" (featuring MF Grimm)   4:04
8. "Red and Gold" (featuring King Geedorah)   4:42
9. "The Hands of Doom" (Skit)   1:50
10. "Who You Think I Am?" (featuring X-Ray, Rodan, Megalon, K.D., King Geedorah and Kong)   3:24
11. "Doom, Are You Awake?" (Skit)   1:12
12. "Hey!"     3:46
13. "Operation: Greenbacks" (featuring King Geedorah & Megalon)   3:46
14. "The Mic"     3:02
15. "The Mystery of Doom" (Skit)   0:21
16. "Dead Bent"     2:22
17. "Gas Drawls"     3:43
18. "?" (featuring Kurious)   3:33
19. "Hero vs. Villain (Epilogue)" (featuring E. Mason)   3:33
  • ”Hero vs. Villain (Epilogue)” was replaced by “I Hear Voices Pt. 1” in the 2001 remastered edition of the album.

References

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/operation-doomsday-r464021
  2. ^ MF DOOM: Operation: Doomsday | Album Reviews | Pitchfork
  3. ^ Robert Christgau: CG: MF Doom
  4. ^ MF Doom :: Operation Doomsday :: Fondle 'Em
  5. ^ Amazon.com: Operation: Doomsday: Music
  6. ^ Music: Operation: Doomsday (CD) by MF Doom (Artist)
  7. ^ MF DOOM - Operation: Doomsday (album review 3) | Sputnikmusic
  8. ^ MF Doom: Operation Doomsday: Lunchbox | Music | MusicalWork Review | The A.V. Club
  9. ^ MF DOOM - Complete Discography
  10. ^ Jason Jagel for MF Doom operation:doomsday Reissue
  11. ^ A peek at MF DOOM's Operation Doomsday reissue in 2010
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