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Dangerdoom [ Danger Mouse + MF Doom ] – The Mouse And The Mask

$49.00

Lex Records

Dangerdoom [ Danger Mouse + MF Doom ] – The Mouse And The Mask

$49.00

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The Mouse and the Mask is a collaboration album by super-producer Danger Mouse and masked supervillain MF Doom under the name Danger Doom, originally released in October 2005, and is now being reissued for its 10th year anniversary.

The album features Cee-Lo Green (also of Gnarls Barkley), Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, Money Mark and the cast of cult cartoon show Aqua Teen Hunger Force and ten years on remains DOOM's best-selling album to date.

Lex has a history of lavish packaging but this remains one of the lushest sleeves in the catalogue. Designed by EHQuestionmark, the outer sleeve is made from thick translucent textured plastic with DOOM's mask printed on cover, and mouse ears on each side of the mask forming a pattern that looks like a Rorschach test (a technique reused in another Danger Mouse project six months later).

The inner sleeves, visible through the outer at first glance pattern based on an Ishihara test, but inside the circles in the pattern are tiny icons depicting a different disasters - climate change, acid rain, holy war, nuclear leaks. - Lex Records

"Next out of the box is Danger Doom, the stunning and welcome collaboration of two of hip-hop's most innovative artists, both of whom already have close ties to the world of animation -- Danger Mouse not only named himself after a cartoon but is also a part-time Gorillaz beatmaker, and the rapper MF Doom has imagined himself variously as a comic-book character and fire-breathing monster-movie hero (not to mention, he's rarely photographed without wearing an iron mask that makes him look like an early version of the Marvel supervillain Doctor Doom).

Their partners for The Mouse and the Mask are the characters of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block, a cast whose creators share with Danger Mouse and MF Doom the same influences (obscure '70s superheroes, some making a resurgence on Adult Swim) and motivations (a parade of surrealist fantasies intersecting with real life, like the crusading happy meal that airs on Cartoon Network as Aqua Teen Hunger Force). Granted, none of these cartoon characters are rappers, and they're wisely given only backgrounds, transitions, or samples (all of them hilarious). No, it's the experts who handle nearly all of this record, and they're at the top of their game.

Doom's dense flow and ciphered allusions have much in common with Adult Swim; both presuppose a large body of cultural knowledge to appreciate what's going on and both rely on a series of bankable eccentricities presented at light speed with high artistry and innumerable subtleties for later parsing by fans.  ...

It all adds up to the best album of the year in the hip-hop underground, and perhaps the best with any degree of popularity." - AllMusic

Item description:

Artist:

Dangerdoom [ Danger Mouse + MF Doom ]

Title:

The Mouse And The Mask

Label:

Lex Records

Format:

2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Reissue

Pressing:

UK

Release Date:

2015

Genre:

Hip Hop

Style:

Conscious

Catalog No:

LEX036LP

Condition:

New