MM..FOOD (stylized in all caps) is the fifth studio album by British-American rapper/producer MF DOOM, released by Rhymesayers in November 2004. The album peaked at number 17 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart, and number 9 on Heatseekers Albums chart. The title Mm..Food is an anagram of "M.F. DOOM".

MM..FOOD
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Studio album by
Released16 November 2004
GenreHip hop
Length48:54
LabelRhymesayers
Producer
MF DOOM chronology
VV:2
(2004)
MM..FOOD
(2004)
The Mouse and the Mask
(2005)
Singles from Mm..Food
  1. "One Beer"
    Released: 30 March 2004
  2. "Hoe Cakes"
    Released: 9 November 2004
Mm..LeftOvers
Bonus disc
Bonus disc

BackgroundEdit

MF Doom described Mm..Food as a concept album "about the things you find on a picnic, or at a picnic table".[1] The album's titles and lyrics contain references to different foods, some with common metaphors and double entendres in the "street world" and the "nutritional realm".[2]

The album is primarily produced by MF Doom, except for the tracks "Potholderz", produced by Count Bass D; "One Beer", produced by Madlib and originally intended for the joint Madlib and MF Doom album Madvillainy;[3] and "Kon Queso" produced by PNS of Molemen. Mm..Food features guest appearances from Count Bass D, Angelika, 4ize and Mr. Fantastik.

"Kon Queso" was originally released under the name "Yee Haw" on a 12 inch single in July 2003 with Molemen.[4] The track was re-recorded for Mm..Food with a more laidback performance from MF Doom. "Vomitspit" is a new version of the song "Vomit", with a different beat and some changed lyrics.[5] The original release of the album included a different version of "Kookies". It was removed due to an unlicensed sample from Sesame Street, and was promptly changed to a simpler version of the song in all future physical and digital releases.

A bonus disc titled Mm..LeftOvers containing throwaway tracks and remixes from Mm..Food was released on November 16, 2004 on Hiphopsite.com. It was given away with copies of Mm..Food. The CD contained a recipe for "Villainous Mac & Cheese" by Grammy Dumile on the back of the CD insert.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [7]
Alternative Press4/5[8]
The Boston Phoenix    [9]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[10]
The Guardian     [11]
HipHopDX4.0/5[12]
NME7/10[13]
Pitchfork7.5/10[14]
Uncut     [15]
URB     [16]

Garnering universal acclaim upon release, Mm..Food received an average score of 81 from Metacritic, based on 22 reviews.[6] Ryan Dombal of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Mm..Food flips countless edible metaphors over hard-hitting, jazzy beats, while never devolving into pointless parody."[10] David Jeffries of AllMusic called it "as vital as anything he's done before and entirely untouched or stymied by the hype."[7] Pitchfork's Nick Sylvester called Mm..Food "an attempt to make good on Doom's almost fascist conceit to restore rap's golden age despite its loss of innocence."[14] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club called the album "a crazy pastiche tied loopily together around obsessions with food, comic books, and supervillainy" and wrote that Doom is "exempt from the law of diminishing returns."[17]

In 2012, Stereogum named it the best MF Doom album.[18] In 2015, NME named it "one of the 23 maddest and most memorable concept albums."[19] Complex named the song "Rapp Snitch Knishes" the "22nd funniest rap song of all time."[20]

Track listingEdit

Mm..Food track listing
No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Beef Rapp"MF Doom4:39
2."Hoe Cakes"MF Doom3:54
3."Potholderz" (featuring Count Bass D)Count Bass D3:20
4."One Beer"Madlib4:18
5."Deep Fried Frenz"MF DOOM4:59
6."Poo-Putt Platter"MF DOOM1:13
7."Fillet-O-Rapper"MF Doom1:03
8."Gumbo"MF Doom0:49
9."Fig Leaf Bi-Carbonate"MF Doom3:19
10."Kon Karne"MF Doom2:51
11."Guinnesses" (featuring Angelika and 4ize)MF Doom4:41
12."Kon Queso"PNS4:00
13."Rapp Snitch Knishes" (featuring Mr. Fantastik)MF Doom2:52
14."Vomitspit"MF Doom2:48
15."Kookies"MF Doom4:02
Total length:48:57
Mm..LeftOvers
No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."It Ain't Nuthin'" (The Chapter Remix) 2:53
2."Hoe Cakes" (ANT Remix) 3:17
3."My Favorite Ladies" (KMD Remix) 2:22
4."Change The Beat" (Inhumanz remix) 3:09
5."Hot Guacamole" (featuring MC Paul Barman)Prince Paul1:43
6."Hoe Cakes" (Jake One Remix) 2:56
7."One Beer" (Madlib Remix) 2:55
8."All Outta Ale" (The Professor Meets the Supervillain) 2:42
9."Vomit" (featuring Parallel Thought)Drum & Knowledge2:58
10."Hoe Cakes" (Beatboxapella) 3:11
Total length:28:06

Notes

  • The 2007 vinyl edition was mastered with tracks 3 and 4 switched.[21]
  • The original release of the album included a different version of "Kookies". It was removed due to an unlicensed sample from Sesame Street, and was promptly changed to a simpler version of the song in all future physical and digital releases.

PersonnelEdit

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[22]

Production

Additional personnel

  • Daniel Dumile – executive production
  • Jasmine Thomas – executive production
  • Alfred P. Morgan[a] – executive production
  • Brent "Abu Shiddiq" Sayers – executive production

Artwork

  • Jason Jagel – artwork
  • Jeff Jank – design

ChartsEdit

2004 chart performance for Mm..Food
Chart (2004) Peak
position
US Billboard Independent Albums[24] 17
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[25] 9
2021 chart performance for Mm..Food
Chart (2021–2022) Peak
position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[26] 32
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 84
US Billboard 200[28] 199
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[29] 7

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In all future releases, Alfred P. Morgan is excluded from the liner notes.[22][23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pappademas, Alex (December 2004). "MF Doom: Our 2004 Profile". Spin. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  2. ^ "DOOM Shares The Stories Behind Ten Of His Best Verses". XXL Magazine. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  3. ^ "One Beer". Stones Throw. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  4. ^ "MF Doom - Yee Haw". Discogs. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b "MF Doom – Mm..LeftOvers". Discogs. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Reviews for MM..Food by MF Doom". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Mm...Food – MF Doom". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  8. ^ "MF Doom: Mm.. Food". Alternative Press (199): 94. February 2005.
  9. ^ Soults, Franklin (31 December 2005 – 6 January 2005). "MF Doom: MM . . FOOD? (Rhymesayers)". The Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on 16 November 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  10. ^ a b Dombal, Ryan (3 December 2004). "MF Doom: Mm.. Food". Entertainment Weekly: 87.
  11. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (17 August 2007). "MF Doom, Mm ... Food". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  12. ^ J-23 (24 July 2007). "MF Doom – MM..Food (Re-release)". HipHopDX. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  13. ^ "MF Doom: Mm.. Food". NME: 51. 18 December 2004.
  14. ^ a b Sylvester, Nick (15 November 2004). "MF Doom: Mm..Food?". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  15. ^ "MF Doom: Mm.. Food". Uncut (92): 121. January 2005.
  16. ^ "MF Doom: Mm.. Food". URB (123): 93. January–February 2005.
  17. ^ Rabin, Nathan (29 November 2004). "MF Doom: Mm.. Food?". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  18. ^ Tatusian, Alex (13 December 2012). "MF Doom Albums From Worst To Best — 1. MF DOOM – Mm.. FOOD (2004)". Stereogum. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  19. ^ "23 Of The Maddest And Most Memorable Concept Albums". NME. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  20. ^ "The 25 Funniest Rap Songs22. MF DOOM f/ Mr. Fantastik "Rap Snitch Knishes" (2004)". Complex. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  21. ^ "MF Doom - MM.. Food (Vinyl, LP, Album, Mispress, Reissue)". Discogs. 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  22. ^ a b MM..FOOD (liner notes). MF DOOM. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Rhymesayers Entertainment. 2004. RSE0051-1.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  23. ^ MM..FOOD (liner notes). MF DOOM. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Rhymesayers Entertainment. 2007. RSE0084-1.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  24. ^ "MF Doom - Chart history - Top Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  25. ^ "MF Doom - Chart history - Top Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  26. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – MF Doom – Mm ... Food" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  27. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  28. ^ "MF Doom Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  29. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 8, 2022.

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