As the world continues to mourn one of hip-hop’s most influential figures, we now have another reason to shed a tear or two for MF Doom. The iconic rapper passed away in 2020, and his longtime collaborator has now shared that the rapper was close to completing the sequel to his seminal LP Madvillainy before he died.
The rapper was reported to be “85% done” with the follow-up to the acclaimed collaborative album with Madlib, and has left rap fans dreaming of what could have been. The legend’s death was confirmed on New Year’s Eve and has seen an outpouring from fans.
Madvillainy, the 2004 record MF Doom and Madlib created together, will go down in history as one of the most inspirational albums ever made. Countless artists in 2020 cite the LP as a starting point for their own creation. Released on Stones Throw Records, the work has since taken on a mythical status.
It’s no surprise then that MF Doom and the rest of the team were already working ona follow-up. The fact it had taken over 15 years to get even close to completion shows the deep creative control the artists wanted on this venture.
According to Stones Throw founder, Peanut Butter Wolf, Doom was close to sharing the new project: “Doom was always telling me ‘It’s 85% done, it’s 85% done.’ That was the magic number,” he said.
Wolf was speaking on the Juan EP podcast when he shared the tantalising information. He also recalled how Doom had been working on the project since 2009 after the rapper sent him eleven tracks but asked Wolf to hold-off until he had “a few more songs.”
“I got a little frustrated, and I was just like, you know, ‘It’s gonna happen when it’s gonna happen.’ I don’t wanna be the guy to force creativity or anything,” Wolf shared.
Right now, Wolf is unsure whether he will ever release the songs, perhaps the memory of MF Doom is too fresh right now. But he did confirm that Doom’s family have given the producer their blessing to do so.