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We don't want to call MF DOOM an unreliable guy. We like to imagine that instead of recording music he is sneaking around doing important stuff like hunting down Osama bin Laden or building seal habitats. Either way, the fact remains: The rumored follow-up to Madvillainy, DOOM's 2004 collaboration with Madlib, remains unfinished.
While we wait for the album, Madlib has stepped in to make up for his Madvillain partner's absence with the release of a record called Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix. Madvillainy 2 shares no song titles with Madvillainy, but that just makes it easier to treat this reworking as a new entity.
The digital version of Madvillainy 2 is available exclusively from Stones Throw's online store right now, but still forthcoming is a souped-up edition of the record called Madvillainy 2: The Box. The Box includes the Madvillainy 2 CD, a 7" featuring "One Beer (Drunk Version)", a cassette featuring The Madvillainy Demo Tape which leaked online prior to Madvillainy's release, a Madvillain t-shirt, and a comic book continuation of the "All Caps" video. All of this comes in a box "wrapped in silver like a mask," according to Stones Throw's description.
Stones Throw is manufacturing copies of Madvillainy 2: The Box based on pre-orders, so anyone who wants one should order by August 15 to receive a copy after the guaranteed ship date of September 15. The cost of The Box is steep-- $124.99 plus shipping-- but such is price of so many goodies.
And you know that's not all Madlib's up to. On September 30, he'll unveil his contribution to BBE's series Beat Generation. Titled WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip, the compilation includes tracks from Guilty Simpson, J.Rocc, Murs, Madlib himself, and his thing with Oh No, the Professionals. WLIB AM is anchored by a bunch of offerings from Madlib's Beat Konducta guise, and will bear the stamps of both BBE and Rapster Records.
Speaking of Beat Konducta, Madlib plans to re-adopt the moniker for a fifth volume of instrumental head-nodders called Dil Cosby Suite. That disc may surface as soon as next month. Also in the pipeline: a record called Miles Away from Madlib's Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble.
As for DOOM, if we cross our fingers extra hard, maybe we'll see his ages-in-the-making Ghostface collaboration Swift & Changeable before the year is out?
Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix:
01 Pow! (Intro)
02 No Brain
04 Light of the Past
05 Boulder Holder
06 Borrowed Time
07 Space Ho's Coast to Coast
08 Invazion (Interlude)
10 Fire in the Hole
11 Heat Niner
12 Monkey Suit
13 Fluid (Instrumental)
14 Can't Reform Em
15 Redd Spot (Interlude)
16 Running Around With Another
17 Butter King Jewels
19 Roller Coaster Riders (Instrumental)
21 Confucius Spot (Interlude)
22 Never Go Pop
23 Savage Beast (Instrumental)
24 Cold One
25 Cold One (Reprise)
WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip:
01 Beat Konducta: "The New Resident"
02 Guilty Simpson: "Blow the Horns on 'Em"
03 Georgia Anne Muldrow: "The Plan Pt. 1"
04 Beat Konducta: "Tension"
05 Defari: "Gamble on Ya Boy"
06 MED: "The Ox (805) [ft. Poke]"
07 Beat Konducta: "All Virtue"
08 J.Rocc: "Blinfold Test #10 (He Don't Play)"
09 Prince Po: "The Thang-Thang"
10 Madlib: "Heat"
11 Beat Konducta: "Smoke Break"
12 Beat Konducta: "The Plan (Reprise)"
13 Karriem Riggins: "Life"
14 Beat Konducta: "Parklight"
15 Frezna: "Yo Yo Affair Pt. 1 & 2"
16 The Professionals: "I Want It Back"
17 Beat Konducta: "Disco Dance"
18 Liberation: "What It Do"
19 Roc 'C': "Take That Money [ft. Oh No]"
20 Frank N Dank: "Drinks Up!"
21 Stacy Epps: "The Way That I Live"
22 Murs: Ratrace"
23 Guilty Simpson: "Go!"
24 Beat Konducta: "Stop"