The button down and the whisper flow were undeniably tacky in retrospect, but respect to Jay-Z for starting a hip hop trend that everyone can get behind—actually releasing music from your supergroup collaboration. MF Doom and Ghostface Killah’s much anticipated and presumed-to-be-imaginary joint album Swift & Changeable was first announced five years ago and resulted in exactly one solid track. Now there's another. Under the clunkily mash-upped moniker DoomStarks, "Victory Laps" originally dropped a few weeks ago on a dead format in a tiny coffin. A lo-fi rip of Madvillain's "Victory Laps" remix followed shortly thereafter. Today the original hits the internet. It sounds like one would expect it to and exactly what it probably was—two great rappers rapping into protools hundreds of miles away from each other with just enough effort enough to satiate their very loyal fans. The CDQ version hits iTunes tonight. Pre-order now and sell it on eBay to an overenthusiastic European fan who wears a metal mask to his telemarketing job later.
July 25, 2011