LIQUID SWORDS by @TheRealGZA Singles Collection + OPERATION:DOOMSDAY by @MFDOOM Collection via @GetOnDownTweets
THE SINGLES COLLECTION
(4 X 7 INCH BOXSET)
Geffen Records Presents "Liquid Swords: The Singles Collection", highlights the standout singles from the album (I Got Ya Back, Liquid Swords, Cold World, 4th Chamber/ Shadowboxing) by placing them on 7" vinyl and pairing each one with a custom 15.75" X 10.25" high end art print, illustrated by Andrew Hem. All of which are housed in a sleek oversized art box with a unique easel back and clear display window.
GET ON DOWN AND METALFACE RECORDS ANNOUNCE PRE-SALE FOR SURE-TO-SELL-OUT, LIMITED EDITION MF DOOM "OPERATION: DOOMSDAY - THE 7-INCH COLLECTION"
1999 classic debut album presented as a deluxe set, with seven 7-Inches on seven shades of colored vinyl; 2 unique DOOM gladiator mask 45 adapters; new artwork by original cover artist Lord Scotch; and custom leatherette outer box with silver-foil DOOM mask and logo!
UNIQUE PRODUCT FEATURES
* Seven 7-inches, each a different vinyl color
* Custom black leatherette outer box with silver-foil
rendered images of DOOM's famed mask and logo
* Two never-before-commercially available
silver-colored DOOM 45 adapters
* Each 7-inch has a custom sleeve designed by
legendary graf artist Lord Scotch (Blake Lethem),
who drew the original Operation: Doomsday cover.
* Colored vinyl edition limited to 1,500 copies worldwide.
As the '90s came to a close, hip-hop music was thriving in two separate ecosystems. On one side, Puffy's Bad Boy Records, Roc-A-Fella and the rest of the major label world was pumping plenty of shiny music by bling-ed out, made for MTV stars. These pop stars sold truckloads, but it felt like a lot of "empty calories."
On the other side of the coin, a very strong underground scene had emerged in the mid-1990s worldwide. Hungry, innovative artists who had no use for the major label system thrived artistically in this ever-growing pond, ranging from Dr. Octagon and Jurassic 5 in Cali, Atmosphere and the Rhymesayers crew in the Midwest, and Company Flow and Definitive Jux in the East, among others.
As the decade closed, from somewhere even beyond both of those poles, a man who would come to rule many corners the underground universe for the next two decades appeared from depths that were darker than most of his fans would ever know: MF DOOM.
The artist formerly known as Zev Love X of major-label-but-underground heroes KMD had disappeared from most fans' view in around 1994 - after his brother and artistic co-producer Subroc was killed, and the group's Black Bastards album was shelved by Elektra. By 1997, DOOM started peeking his head up from the grime, with no-distribution singles on Bobbito Garcia's Fondle 'Em label like "Red & Gold" and "Dead Bent."
As other appearances and singles trickled through the underground, by 1999 the album Operation: Doomsday appeared seemingly out of nowhere, again on Fondle 'Em, and fans who actively ran from the glitzier side of rap music ate it up like they had been on a hunger strike. Musically raw and at-times off-kilter, former Fondle 'Em singles like the aforementioned tunes plus "Gas Drawls", "Hey!" and "Go With The Flow" were joined by a whole slew of new tunes. It all sounded familiar but new at the same time.
It shouldn't be overlooked that in addition to the dusty, wobbling music, the former Zev Love X completely changed up his vocal style on the tracks that would land on Doomsday, chopping his flow up and bringing a whole new approach to his formerly liquid, and often humorous lyricism.
Standouts on this bonafide underground masterwork are honestly hard to pick, since fans each have their own DOOM faves. But "Doomsday", "Rhymes Like Dimes", "The MIC", the experimental "Tick, Tick..." (with MF Grimm) and "Red & Gold" (with King Ghidra) are great examples of how stretched-out this visionary album is.
This new 7-Inch Collection edition via Get On Down includes seven 7-Inches that run in order of the songs from the original issue (including interludes). The records are housed in a custom black leatherette outer-box that is laced with silver-foil renderings of DOOM's legendary mask and bubble graffiti logo on the outside, and a never-seen-before DOOM drawing by the legendary Lord Scotch, the original artist behind the Operation: Doomsdayart, on the inside.
In addition to holding the 7-inch vinyl, the box also contains two metallic-silver colored 45 adapters, each a 3D rendering of DOOM's gladiator mask. Picture sleeves for each of the seven pieces of wax all feature brand new work by Lord Scotch (Blake Lethem aka KEO aka Scotch79th) as well: new hand-lettered track listings on one side, and incredible new color illustrations on the flip that, when laid side-by-side, fit together like puzzle pieces, to form one large image.
Each seven-inch comes in a unique vinyl color: Purple Transparent, Red Transparent, Lime Green Opaque, Orange Opaque, Yellow Transparent, Turquoise Opaque, and Classic Black. The set also includes a booklet, and is wrapped in a Japanese-style OBI strip that features the OG album cover in all of its glory.
This absolutely unique package is limited to
1500 copies on colored vinyl, and they will go fast.
Pre-Orders Begin Shipping Mid/Late November
If you are a hip-hop fan with any cred, you likely already own Operation: Doomsday. But this amazing new edition breathes new life into a true underground classic and makes it a necessary addition to anyone's record shelf or mantle.