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Venomous Villain Enhanced

4.1 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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The industry has churned out many rap stars during the last few decades, but it has delivered very few Hip Hop super heroes and only one Super Villain. MF DOOM, is definitely underground Hip Hop’s most mysterious entity, and his alter ego, VIKTOR VAUGHN, is even more shadowy.

The faceless rhyme scoundrel has returned to bring a new era of cyber rap with "VV:2" aka "VENOMOUS VILLAIN."

"VV:2" is a different kind of Hip Hop record; it’s engulfed in cryptic messages and stellar production that delivers both a classic Hip Hop vibe and a cutting edge one. Vaughn is also accompanied by some underground contenders including KOOL KEITH (aka Dr. Dooom, aka Dr. Octagon, etc.). The synthesized, beat-burned "Doper Skiller" delivers Hip Hop’s two cult favorites bringing lyrical carnage like only they can.

VIKTOR is in prime lyrical form, continually bringing verbal onslaught and dark dramatic tales of blight from outside the space-time continuum. Personality #1, DOOM, also makes appearances on tracks including the high energy, electro-hyped, "Pop Quiz" (Extra Credit Remix).

What is "VV:2"? Among other things, it’s a dramatic, progressively thugged-out, future-rap, classic soundtrack for fans of a genre without boundaries.

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Avant-garde MC Viktor Vaughn (a.k.a. MF Doom, among other names) is the Ornette Coleman of rap; or to put it another way, musical boundaries are for suckers. Like Sun Ra before him, Vaughn must've been sent to Earth from outer space to save musical humanity, because there's no other way to explain the oddball genius of "Back End," a gorgeous track drenched in electro-sci-fi noise that sounds like it could have come from some '80s Art of Noise record, or perhaps Andre 3000. "Rap Game" (featuring Manchild) will appease traditional hip-hop heads attracted to keyboard-fuelled, boom-bap breakbeats. Between all of the skits, interludes, instrumentals, and found-sound constructions, Venomous Villain actually contains very few rhymes. The album's highpoint comes when Kool Keith drops by to flip some sex-rated rhymes on "Doper Skiller," a cool meeting of warped minds. Whatever you call him, Vaughn should be anointed the crown prince of bedroom, backpacker hip-hop. --Dalton Higgins

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Viktormizor (Intro)
  2. Back End
  3. Fall Back/Titty Fat
  4. Doom On Vik
  5. Rap Game (Manchild & Iz-Real)
  6. Dope Skill (F/ Carl Kavorkian)
  7. Doper Skiller (F/ Kool Keith)
  8. Haberdashery (Interlude)
  9. Ode To Road Rage
  10. Bloody Chain (F/ Poison Pen)
  11. Strange New Day
  12. Pop Quiz (Remix)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 3, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Insomniac Inc
  • ASIN: B0002JE91A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Marcelle D. Ward on September 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Whether Zev, MF Doom, or Viktor, Dumile slams it on the mat when it comes to lyrics. I don't care what I've heard him on, what beat he rhymed to, he came off as the Boss. Kool Keith is my favorite, but Keith is not the beat miner that MF Doom continues to be. Even though he did not produce this album, it's still amazing.

All I can say is "Bloody Chain"! Dope, no question. Not only is the beat nice, but Doom rhymes like Dr. Suess on acid, creating such an absolutely real scene that it makes me think it really happened. How his girl "studdered" and told him to "pppull out before you bbbbust" made me laugh with the glee of a 6 year-old. Not only that, Poison Pen steps in to tell the story of the guy who Viktor robbed, as well as the one who stabbed his girl. A beautiful beat that works like a Danny Elfman soundtrack to bring atmosphere to the song.

Throughout the album, though a little less than 40 minutes long, you realize brilliance. It is well worth the money. Every track is a bomb of lyrics, energy and beats that explode through woofers and tweeters to shake the foundation of hip-hop. Let me say that this is a definitive work, not only for Doom, but for the genre itself. It's another step in the right direction.
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Good second album from MF Doom's alias Viktor Vaughn. Strange lyrics, strange beats. (What you already expect from the Metal Face Villain.) (Samples come from everywhere.)

Like the first V.Vaughn album.
All of the tracks are produced by other underground and up-and-coming producers and has guest appearances by other rappers on the Insomniac label. (But don't be fooled -- Manchild on the album is a different MC from the Manchild in Swollen Members.)

*Also, finally the mad villain meets the insane MC - Kool Keith (Dr. Dooom, Dr. Octagon, etc.) Probably the best track. Great rhymes, kick @ss beat (using an old KRS-1 sample "you've got to have style"), and great scratches.

The album's excutive producer is IZ-Real (who also rhymes on a track), who also brought the world - MIC PLANET SESSIONS and DRASTIC JUNGLE (hiphop meets drum and bass album).

And the album, as many of Doom's releases is enhanced

*The only thing that I hated (and why I didn't give it 5 stars) was that the album was short and like the King Geedorah album, Doom doesn't rhyme enough.
The album is 32 minutes and 53 seconds, and Doom only rhymes for 9 minutes and 30 seconds on the whole thing! (Damn.)
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Garcia must be trippin, production on this cd is sick and so are the beats. MF Doom a.k.a. Viktor Vaughn is never less than amazing- best Mc in the world- ever. Yeah I said it and I've heard all the underground Mc's from scribblejam and everything else; theres a lot of cats on the mic with crazy mad skills, but no equal challengers for the super villian. Venomous Villain is I believe the sickest cd with MF Doom on it yet, I just hope there can be an equal follow up. This is truly the next level for hip hop and if you don't agree than you probrably don't have the ear to recognize. Anybody thats into real hip hop not that fake s*** will dig this. It never gets tired. You can't fade it. Thanks for reading my review from L.A. ..peace
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Viktor Vaughn, one of MF Doom's many aliases, is among his most interesting in my opinion. MF Doom has stated in several interviews that Viktor Vaughn is a teenage version of himself. So writing as Viktor Vaughn wraps up a certain amount a nostalgia for the Metal Fingered Villain. Therefore, the topics, lyrics and mood is drastically different from a standard MF Doom solo release. MF Doom produces, Viktor Vaughn does not; therefore, this project differs from the bunch to extremes. The slew of producers include newcomer System D-128, Diplo (a.k.a. Diplodocus, Wes Diplo), newcomer DiViNCi, Swamburger, newcomer Session 31, DJ I.N.C., Dub-L, and The Analears; with additional production/scratching by DJ Sure Shot, DJ Escher, and veteran Kut Masta Kurt. Once again, Doom has quite the ear for talent. The results sound somewhat experimental, but very good. Naysayers will have you believe the production is weak because of all the new talent, but is simply untrue. As usual, Doom and company completely avoid any and all fads of your standard hip-hop record, making this another quality "not to be slept on" release.

The album's first big bang is the futuristic beauty of "Back End", which transitions into the humorous "Fall Back / Titty Fat" nicely. "Doom On Vik" adds a bit of insight into the alias of Viktor Vaughn. The two major standouts have got to be "R.A.P. G.A.M.E." featuring Iz-Real and Manchild, and the relentless scratching of "Doper Skiller" featuring Kool Keith and scratches by DJ Sure Shot. The rest of the album is a bit hard to separate, but it ends up being a strong point. It's a compelling and unique listen from beginning to end. It may not have it the nail on the head quite like "Vaudeville Villain" (2003) did; but it's a different, unexpected change that is sure to attract any Doom fan.
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I brought this CD a few months ago regardless of the negative reviews I read on this site. I must say this album is just as good as anything MF Doom has put out. I was glad to add it to my Super Villian collection! I love the fact he changed up the production on Venomous Villain. The Villain can flow to any beat, track, sound! His voice goes so well with each track and I must say the guest appearances are all on point. I honestly don't think DOOM! works with wack MC's!!!! The tracks that hit hard are Bloody Chain, Ode To Road Rage, R.A.P.G.A.M.E. (Rappers Against Phony Gangsters And Mainstream Evil) featuring MF Doom, LOL, and Fall Back. DAG, the whole CD is well put together. The skits are also entertaining.

Can you say Haberdashery?
(hab-er-dash-ery)
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