2011 is only four days old, but early omens indicate that it will be an auspicious one for fans of mythologically delayed projects. At the moment, "Kush," the putative lead single from Dr. Dre's "Detox," currently sits in the top 10 of Power 106's Playlist, and the Aftermath auteur even deigned to shoot a video, perhaps the greatest video clip ever made for 45-year old connisseurs of leather, costly narcotics and cars that cost more than Picassos.
But for fans of a different strain, the rumored reunion of Madvillain, the self-proclaimed America's Most Blunted, promises to satisfy fans of the enigmatic principals, MF Doom and producer Madlib. Last year, the pair dropped "Paper Mill,' as part of Adult Swim's Singles Program, a 2-minute swerve of non-sequitirs, Brazilian soul and boasts about being on the cover of Playbill.
The latest teasers from the sequel to 2004's ballyhooed "Madvillainy" find Doom "thanking our sponsor for financing the parts for this Frankenstein monster/Along with my partner who's a bro of few words/we did this research for true nerds and two birds." Over angelic coos, Doom slips comfortably into his metal-faced villain role, casting off dire threats and slick double-entrendres. Like "Kush," it's more sequel than revolution, as Doom and Madlib give the fans what they want and expect: dusty samples, dirty beats and slippery raps.