Madvillainy Madvillain is a bicoastal team-up of two dizzyingly prolific hip-hop heads -- Atlanta rapper MF Doom and Cali producer-beatsmith Madlib. Madvillainy does not match the… Madvillainy Madvillain is a bicoastal team-up of two dizzyingly prolific hip-hop heads -- Atlanta rapper MF Doom and Cali producer-beatsmith Madlib. Madvillainy does not match the… 2004-03-23 Madvillain
Music Review

Madvillain (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 23, 2004; Lead Performance: Madvillain

Madvillain is a bicoastal team-up of two dizzyingly prolific hip-hop heads -- Atlanta rapper MF Doom and Cali producer-beatsmith Madlib. Madvillainy does not match the sharp comic storytelling of last year's Vaudeville Villain (released under Doom's Viktor Vaughn moniker); it's more of an indie rap blowing session by two guys near the top of their game. Sometimes it grabs you by your ear like Grandma (the squeeze-box braggadocio of ''Accordion''), sometimes it just unspools. But Madlib and Doom always tuck surprises into the corners.

Originally posted Mar 19, 2004 Published in issue #756 Mar 19, 2004 Order article reprints