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Old 08-22-2005, 05:50 PM   #1
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Default DangerDOOM Review (allhiphop.com)

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The Mouse & The Mask

Artist: DANGERDOOM

Title: The Mouse & The Mask
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Reviewed by: Jason Newman

As the popularity of both producer Danger Mouse and rapper/producer MF Doom has exploded over the past 18 months, it seems only natural that two of the most inventive and creative artists in Hip-Hop should combine their talents on one record. With The Mouse & The Mask (Epitaph), the duo, under the moniker of DANGERDOOM, has crafted one of the best Hip-Hop albums in recent memory.

Produced in conjunction with Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block of which Doom and Danger are both devoted fans, the concept album is laced with references to Adult Swim shows such as “Harvey Birdman”, “Space Ghost” and “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” (featured the most as it’s Doom's personal favorite). Using both samples from the show and original material as skits, the edgy humor ensures Mouse & Mask as that rare Hip-Hop album where the skits are not just tolerable, but funny.


The phrase “Rewards repeated listens” is often music critic slang for an overrated album you won't admit is crap. In this case, however, Doom's non-sequitur lyrics and Mouse’s nuanced beats warrant the phrase. At only 40 minutes, Doom packs in more words than on any of his previous releases, dropping his standard barrage of obscure phrases and even more obscure references. In one of the most bizarre topics ever chosen for a Hip-Hop track, Doom bluntly states his intentions early on “Vats of Urine”: “Everybody talkin’ ‘bout pistols, gats, it’s boring/Came with a new topic to flip you: vats of urine.” Don’t look for any deep metaphors. Just enjoy the sheer weirdness. The Mouse & The Mask is filled with lyrical wordplay that maintains Doom’s “leftfield madman” status.

In keeping with the theme of cartoons, Danger Mouse's playful beats rely generously on strings, keyboard stabs and 70s funk horn blasts that rank as some of his best work yet. On standout tracks “The Mask” and “Old School,” you can picture Mouse thinking back to Saturday morning superhero themes as guests Ghostface Killah (“My money green like my nickname is celery.”) and Talib Kweli, respectively, murder their tracks. Elsewhere, Cee-Lo provides the rare hook on “Benzi Box” over what sounds like an unused Gorillaz beat.

The Mouse & the Mask is a near-perfect marriage between these two forward-thinking individuals. Rather than diluting each other’s talents, the duo once again expand the boundaries of conventional Hip-Hop.
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Old 08-22-2005, 10:31 PM   #2
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Old 08-22-2005, 10:39 PM   #3
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Yea man i read that thing too a couple of minutes ago. really waitin for this album to drop. any of you know whens it coming outta tha womb?
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Old 08-22-2005, 11:24 PM   #4
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cant wait to get it
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Old 08-22-2005, 11:56 PM   #5
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thanks good read, anticipating this shit
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Old 08-22-2005, 11:57 PM   #6
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hope i can get my hands on that shit...
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Old 08-23-2005, 12:25 AM   #7
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i gotta cop this shit!
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Old 08-23-2005, 12:45 AM   #8
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Buying day of release.
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Old 08-23-2005, 04:28 AM   #9
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Damn good review, damn good album. Definately one worth buying.
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Old 08-23-2005, 01:04 PM   #10
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The album has already leaked, i got it like three weeks ago.
Track list fits the leak.
The album is great, nuff said, especially old school feat talib kweli. that sample is craaaaazy nice. I feel like the beats ranges one level above doom's rhymes, but shit is all good.
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Old 08-23-2005, 01:15 PM   #11
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yeah, but the leak is edited tho.......and I have a feeling they're gonna have a special track on the official release maybe with someone who I think shoulda been involved.....Schooly D!!! haha but that'd be ill
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it is dope but it is my opinion that dooms production work better with his voice, kinda gets the best out of himself
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DOOM doesn't sound good...
That name, DOOM.
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DOOM doesn't sound good.
yea he aint good, he's fucking great
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^^^Word... and the album is really a 5 star album, it's a FUCKIN CLASSIC. ONE
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