MF DOOM’s Metalface Records is celebrating the 30th anniversary of KMD’s Black Bastards by releasing a deluxe special edition vinyl of the album.
Black Bastards was the second studio album by the group, which was comprised of MF DOOM (under his previous alias Zev Love X) and his brother DJ Subroc, who was tragically killed in a road accident in 1993.
While the album was slated to release on May 24, 1994, the project was shelved indefinitely by Elektra Records due to its controversial cover art, which featured a Sambo figure being lynched.
The album finally arrived in 2000 and featured production from MF Grimm, Kurious, Lord Sear and more. It has often been hailed as one of the greatest rap albums of all time and has since been streamed over 40 million times.
To commemorate Black Bastard‘s upcoming anniversary, Metalface Records has released a limited edition red vinyl of both the album and MF DOOM’s 1999 debut Operation: Doomsday. Both projects are set to hit records stores on March 31.
Additionally, the label announced they’d be releasing some exclusive merch that includes beanies, hats, shirts and hoodies, all of which are available for pre-order at gasdrawls.com.
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The special edition release comes after MF DOOM’s estate unveiled new apparel last October to honor the legacy of the late MC on the one-year anniversary of his death.
DOOM’s wife Jasmine announced in December 2021 that the elusive rapper/producer had passed away two months earlier on October 31, although a cause of death has yet to be revealed.
While his untimely demise remains a mystery, MF DOOM’s streams exploded by 870 percent after news of his death spread, which was met with an outpouring of both shock and sadness from across the Hip Hop community.
“RIP to another Giant your favorite MC’s MC .. MF DOOM!! crushing news,” Q-Tip wrote on Twitter, while Phonte added: “One of the greatest comebacks/second act stories in hip hop history. RIP to the villain MF DOOM.”
Tyler, The Creator, Playboi Carti, Lupe Fiasco and Jay Electronica were among those who also mourned DOOM’s death on social media.
An MF DOOM biography is also reportedly in the works. Helmed by veteran music journalist S.H. Fernando Jr., The Chronicles of Doom: Unraveling Rap’s Masked Iconoclast will serve as a “sweeping and definitive biography” that will “recount the rise, fall, redemption and untimely demise of one of Hip Hop’s most enigmatic and influential figures.