February 4 street date. Legendary artist MF DOOM (aka Zev Love X of KMD) opened up a lyrical wormhole with 2003's "Vaudeville Villain", one of the most unique releases in a career packed with nothing but uniqueness. It is a concept album with plenty of high comedy, street technology, and hijinks, splashed artfully over next-school beats, which move freely in the spaces between electronica and hip hop, by King Honey, Heat Sensor, and Max Bill. Take a trip back to the origin of the Super Villain - an unanticipated time travel-machine breakdown left him stuck in the early 1990s where he has no choice but to battle sucka MCs and carry out side-hustles so he can repair the time machine and go back to the future. All tracks feature original lyrics by DOOM, and guest appearances include: M. Sayyid (Anti-Pop Consortium), Lord Sear, Apani B Fly MC, RJD2, and more.
June 18 street date. RECORD STORE DAY release. Long out of print on vinyl, Get On Down presents this landmark of MF DOOM's career as a double gatefold LP for RSD 2022. For 2003's "Vaudeville Villain", MF DOOM took on yet another pseudonym. Where MF DOOM drew from Doctor Doom, Viktor Vaughn drew from the Doctor's government name, Victor von Doom. The influence of superheroes and supervillians however goes much deeper than the nom de plume, the sci-fi vibe is present, musically, throughout "Vaudeville Villain".