first time for the Villain). As the first real track on DOOM’s new collab album, “JJ DOOM”, it doesn’t stray too far off his well-worn path as an idiosyncratic MC with an ear for beats. But though formulaic, Dumile’s ingenuitive rhymes still cut sharp:
Catch a throatful/From the fire vocal/Ash and molten glass like/Eyjafjallajökull
The Volcano out of Iceland/Go conquer and destroy the rap world like the white men
Along with the MC’s good showing, Jneiro Jarel’s production stands strong. With beats reminiscent of early MF & Viktor Vaughn cuts, cut alongside the spacey synths found in contemporary spacerap tracks. I’ve always liked the electronic influence that has shaped rap production from the UK; it’s definitely a bit grimier than the Electro sound that’s gotten popular on this side of the pond.
The video itself is pretty dope too, and again, very DOOM: simple, but with interestingly different expectations. Worth a watch, if only to get a good glimpse of the Villain’s profile near the end of it.