|MF Doom's first group and their controversial sophomore release Bl_ck B_st_rds reissued in a deluxe double CD version. Included are the full album on CD and a second disc of bonus material (with one additional instrumental that was not included in the Record Store Day version), plus a 32-page booklet of liner notes and rare photos compiled by Brian Coleman, featuring interviews with MF DOOM, Pete Nice, Dante Ross and Bobbito Garcia|
The words ''lost classic'' get thrown around from time to time, but KMD's sophomore album, Black Bastards, truly fits the bill. Originally scheduled for release in the spring of 1994, Elektra Records unceremoniously shelved it at the eleventh hour due to controversy over the provocative cover art. Surviving group member MF Doom (then known as Zev Love X) -- as fans know, his younger brother Subroc was killed in 1993 -- tried to release the album on other labels, but met more dead ends. Sadly, it languished in hip-hop purgatory until six years later. Even then, the album had only a limited release via small indie labels.
Musically and lyrically, it was a truly amazing record, full of youthful creativity, tinged with the stress of growing up as Black men in urban America. Unlike on the group's 1991 debut, Mr. Hood, Subroc had fully come into his own as both a producer and an MC on Black Bastards, and his untimely death made the album's shelving that much more tragic.
Finally given deluxe treatment more than two decades after its completion (and 15 years after its first release), this special double CD set features all 14 of the album's original vocal tracks, with a second bonuses and instrumentals CD, which features rare cuts and remixes (with one additional instrumental that was not included in the Record Store Day version).