Daniel Dumile emerged in the late ‘90s as the mysterious
character and hip-hop supervillain MF Doom, also known as King
Geedorah, Metal Fingers and Viktor Vaughn. His mission: to
“destroy rap.” He looked to not only shake the
foundations of hip-hop, but also to inject it with innovation and
originality. It is in this context that VV2: Venomous Villain can
be understood.

Music Reviews

The digital sounds and futuristic beats meld seamlessly with the
outer-space alter ego of Viktor Vaughn. This is evident on the
track that many will be checking for, “Doper Skiller,”
which features hip-hop’s other eccentric madman, Kool
Keith.

A quick listen to the album, as well as a quick glance over the
guest shots and producers, would suggest that this EP is more of a
promotional piece for Insomniac Records then a quality Doom
release. Weak and amateurish production — unable to match the
high quality of Doom’s rhymes — characterizes VV2.

Yet Doom does not disappoint. He displays lyrical genius that is
both stunning and hypnotic, as on “Fall Back/Titty
Fat:” “Just chewing the titty fat, pursuing the kitty
cat, drooling on her pretty hat / Playing pool and pitty pat / Stay
in school, kiddies, brats / Instead of spraying tools and shitty
gats / … Coolin’ where the pricks be at, there’s
no time for chitty chat / Fool, ‘V’ pity
that.”

The predecessor to this album, Vaudeville Villain, is a
masterpiece. VV2: Venomous Villain is by no means a masterpiece,
but it’s not a stopgap release, either. Doom’s
performance on this EP demonstrates why he has been called by some
as the king of underground hip hop even if, as Doom spouts,
“the beat was rather rinky-dink.”

 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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