featured REVIEW

85



Dangerdoom The Mouse And The Mask Epitaph/Lex • 2005

Doom and Danger. MF and the Mouse. One is a lyrical genius, whose cult image has grown immensely over the last few years thanks to classic albums and numerous features. The other is a production wizard who made a name with the 'Grey Album', one of the best remix albums out now, and contributions for The Gorillaz' latest album. Two musicians with a peculiar, creative sound and they both happen to be hardcore fans of cartoons, 'Adult Swim' for instance, which is the inspiration for this album, according to the press sheet anyway.

Don't expect a soundtrack for the series though. The only thing that comes close to a cartoon dedication, besides the skits of the 'Adult Swim' characters, is 'Old School Rules', with Talib Kweli speakin more truth and knowledge then you might've thought at first 'And it might be buggin, but it seem to me that cartoons be realer than reality'. In that sense, this is of course a 'cartoon' album, with both artists creatin their own fantasy world through abstract poetry raps and mellow samples over old school drums. Doom still trashes the competition in the electrifying 'Sofa King' -'Order a rapper for lunch and spit out the shame'- with its whirling violin sample, and in the smooth synth bass banger 'Benzi Box', 'Ay...if I may interject, rap these days is like a pain in the neck', with Cee-Lo starring on the chorus.

This former Goodie Mob member is currently workin on an album with Danger Mouse, and as if everyone wants to promote their upcoming project, Ghostface Killah rips the mic –'I like my money green like my nickname’s cellery'- on the up-tempo 'The Mask', a dedication to the concept of wearing (in Doom's case) or not wearing a mask anymore (in Starks' case) and one of this album's highlights, takin it back to the old school with pounding drums and vicious rhymes. 'Crosshairs' is Danger Mouse at his best, flippin a guitar and multi-layered string loop over easy drums, bringin back the sound of his Beatles fusion on the Grey Album and the fantastic 'Summer Sault' remix (also with Doom) he did for Zero 7. More super productions follow towards the end: the slammin beat with Oriental flava of 'Mince Meat', the creative trumpet sampling on 'Vats Of Urine' and the whistling tune 'Space Hoes'.

'The Mouse and The Mask' is everything you would expect from a collaboration between two of today's freshest hip-hop artists; they both entertain the listener with creative, fresh vibes. It's not a classic like 'Madvillainy' though; here and there Doom drowns in his grunts, nasal flow and far-sought imagery and there are a few less solid beats that are not as inspired as other class act productions on this album. But in the end, this is one of this year's highlights, and with so much projects on your sleeve that’s admirable.


POSTED ON 09|30|2005 by cpf

latest reviews

Maylay SparksHood Thrill Hunters2018
ElighLast House On The Block2018
DecaThe Way Through2017