Black Bastards

Black Bastards (stylized as B L _ C K B _ S T _ R D S) is the second and final studio album by KMD (a rap trio featuring an early alias of MF Doom), completed in 1993 and eventually released in 2000 through ReadyRock Records.[4] Initially, the album was scheduled for release in 1993, but Elektra Records canceled the album, reportedly due to the controversial cover art, which shows a Sambo figure being lynched.[5] Zev Love X's brother DJ Subroc was killed when he was struck by a car shortly before the album was completed.

Black Bastards
Black Bastard (KMD album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
RecordedMarch–August 1993
StudioChung King Studios, New York, New York
GenreHardcore hip hop
ProducerSubroc, Zev Love X, Q4
KMD chronology
Black Bastards Ruffs + Rares
Black Bastards
Best of KMD
MF Doom chronology
Operation: Doomsday
Black Bastards
Singles from Black Bastards
  1. "What a Nigga Know?"
    Released: 1994[2]
  2. "It Sounded Like a Roc"
    Released: 1999[3]

Rare and demo tracks recorded during the making of this album were released on a vinyl-only EP titled Black Bastards Ruffs + Rares in 1998.

The album was re-released in 2001 by Sub Verse Music and again in 2008 by MF Doom's own Metal Face Records.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [6]
Robert ChristgauA-[9]

The album received mixed to positive review from music critics. Douglas Siwek of AllMusic wrote "The sound of the record is very raw and sounds unfinished due to Elektra shelving the project, but it doesn't take away from the magic that would have made this a suitable follow-up." Steven Juon of RapReviews praised the album's lyrics but wrote that he wished "they would have taken a little more care in mastering and recording this disk."[5]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by D Dumile and Daniel Dumile.

Side 0
0."Garbage Day #3"Subroc2:14
2."What a Nigga Know?"KMD3:26
3."Sweet Premium Wine"Subroc3:09
Side 1
4."Plumskinzz.(Loose Hoe, God & Cupid)"KMD1:43
5."Smokin' That S*#%"Subroc4:40
6."Contact Blitt"Zev Love X2:42
Side 2
8."Black Bastards!"Subroc4:00
9."It Sounded Like a Roc"Subroc4:34
10."Plumskinzz.(Oh No I Don't Believe It!)"Subroc1:40
Side 3
11."Constipated Monkey"KMD, Q42:47
12."F*#@ Wit' Ya Head"KMD4:35
13."Suspended Animation"KMD2:20
Total length:44:07


Credits adapted from album's liner notes.[10]


Additional Personnel

  • The CMOB – additional vocals
  • Earth Quake – additional vocals
  • H2O – additional vocals
  • J.Alvarez – additional vocals
  • Lord Sear – additional vocals
  • B.Thompson – bass guitar (11)
  • Q4 – co-production (11)
  • Sub – executive production
  • Doom – executive production
  • Cas – executive production
  • Jay-G – executive production
  • Yuri – executive production


  • The EMEF – cover illustration
  • Scotch 79th – visuals


  1. ^ "MF DOOM DISCOGRAPHY". Stones Throw. Archived from the original on 15 December 2006. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  2. ^ What a Nigga Know? (liner notes). KMD. New York, New York: Elektra Records. 1994. 0-66246.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  3. ^ It Sounded Like a Roc (liner notes). Subroc. New York, New York: Fondle 'Em Records. 1999. FE-87.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (1 May 2000). "KMD Black Bastards". Exclaim!. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b allmusic ((( K.M.D. > Biography )))
  6. ^ "Black Bastards". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  7. ^ Juon, Steve (1 August 2000). "K.M.D. :: Black Bastards :: Readyrock Records". RapReviews. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  8. ^ ex, kris (17 April 2015). "Black Bastards". Pitchfork. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert. "KMD". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  10. ^ Black Bastards (liner notes). KMD. Glendale, California: ReadyRock Records. 2000. RR 2001.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  11. ^ Black Bastards (liner notes). KMD. Glendale, California: ReadyRock Records. 2000. RR-2001CD.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)