Label: Stones Throw

One of the true eccentrics of modern hip-hop, MF Doom was one of the only rappers to attain subcultural, outsider hero status while maintaining a rap personality as strong and unique as any to achieve major mainstream success. His completely atypical, personalized rhyme patterns, his gift for clever turns of phrase, and his ear for anachronistic sayings and unexpected playfulness, set a high bar throughout his career. With the help of Madlib's fuzzy stoned sampling style, the result was a classic record that had a goofy cartoony unpredictability, balanced with moments of oddball sincerity. - DD

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