|2016 pressing is on black vinyl.|
MF Doom's first group and their controversial sophomore release Bl_ck B_st_rds re-issued in a deluxe double LP vinyl edition. Sides A&B are on red vinyl, and sides C&D are on a picture disc featuring the group's longstanding mascot.The gatefold jacket includes a pop featuring the KMD mascot and the set is rounded out with the inclusion of full liner notes by Brian Coleman.
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.