Published Jan 11, 2021On the final day of 2020, the world was shocked to learn that MF DOOM passed away last October. Those closest to the iconic masked MC and producer continue to share memories of his life and work in tribute — including an update on the long-teased sequel to Madvillainy.
Appearing on a DOOM-themed episode of podcast Juan Ep Is Dead, Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf discussed the wait for a follow-up to the late artist's revered 2004 collaboration with Madlib. An artist bio for the duo on Stones Throw's website has long read, "Doom and Madlib have worked on a second Madvillain album on and off for several years. If you're waiting for it, wait in line behind us."
"Madvillain 2, DOOM was always telling me, 'Oh, I'm 85 percent done' — that was always the magic number, and I was like, 'This is cool,'" Peanut Butter Wolf shared [via HipHopDX]. "He basically sent us 11 tracks in 2009 and I was ready to try to just finish it up at that point, and it was always like, just wait for a few more songs, wait for a few more songs, then tracks would start being on other albums. I got a little frustrated, and I was just like, 'Well, it's gonna happen when it happens. I don't wanna be the guy to force creativity or any of that.'"
Of the 11-song stash, PBW shared, "I don't know what we're gonna do with those tracks. We were talking to DOOM's manager Saadiq and Saadiq was basically all with the idea, but we haven't worked everything out or whatever. I always have weird feelings about doing things after someone passed away."
Madvillainy celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. Speaking with DAZED that year, Madlib said the pair "recorded like, 10, 13 songs, but out of those we probably only used 4...It's not close to finished because it has to be a continuation of the last one. It doesn't have to be better or worse but it has to be a continuation."
Read Exclaim!'s 2004 interview with MF DOOM. Madlib will release a new album with Four Tet later this month.