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. 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. Zev Love X's brother DJ Subroc was killed when he was struck by a car shortly before the album was completed.
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.
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."
All tracks are written by D Dumile and Daniel Dumile.
|0.||"Garbage Day #3"||Subroc||2:14|
|2.||"What a Nigga Know?"||KMD||3:26|
|3.||"Sweet Premium Wine"||Subroc||3:09|
|4.||"Plumskinzz.(Loose Hoe, God & Cupid)"||KMD||1:43|
|5.||"Smokin' That S*#%"||Subroc||4:40|
|6.||"Contact Blitt"||Zev Love X||2:42|
|9.||"It Sounded Like a Roc"||Subroc||4:34|
|10.||"Plumskinzz.(Oh No I Don't Believe It!)"||Subroc||1:40|
|11.||"Constipated Monkey"||KMD, Q4||2:47|
|12.||"F*#@ Wit' Ya Head"||KMD||4:35|
Credits adapted from album's liner notes.
- 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