John Beard, 34, staff member of Nottingham Rough Trade

2024 marks the 20th anniversary of ‘Madvillainy’ by Madvillain a group formed of producer Madlib and rapper MF DOOM.

The long-awaited collaboration of two of the most respected hip-hop artists did not disappoint and the album remains undisputed to this day.

Characters, quirks, lyricism and production combine for 46 minutes of harmonious cooperation.

John Beard, 34, of Nottingham Rough Trade Record shop reflects on the albums impact and are still selling the record for £32.99, “So this got reissued in September 2022 and we’ve had it again ever since then.

“For instance, we’ve already had it sell multiple times this week, we got sales today, yesterday, 21st, 20th, multiple sales on the 19th, and lots of sales on the 16th of January.

“We need to load more, but I’m already down to like the last 100 sales of it and not even going earlier than December last year.

“I would say that for a long time, you would get asked about it a lot and it wasn’t in print for a while.

“When they reissued it a few years ago, I think it was really successful and has been a big seller ever since – people always get excited when you see it.

“So yeah, it’s a big, big sale.”

Both independent artists showcase invention and creativity and has album has become a collective piece.

MF DOOM has become a prevalent name in the music industry, named ‘the supervillain’, he was known for hiring doppelgangers for his shows to embody in his character.

His rise came after the tragic death of his brother, who was hit by a car, he then became solitary and began learning his craft.

Unfortunately, British-American rapper MF DOOM passed away in St James’ Hospital, Leeds on 31 October 2020, with his last release being with Irish rapper Rejjie Snow named ‘Cookie Chips’ in July 2020.

His wife, Jasmine Dumile, still releases unheard music from the artist.

Madvillainy songlist:

1. The Illest Villain

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

2. Accordion

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM


3. Meat Grinder

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

4. Bistro

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

5. Raid (Ft. M.E.D.)

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM, MED

6. America’s Most Blunted (Ft. Quasimoto)

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM, Quasimoto

7. Sickfit

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

8. Rainbows

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

9. Curls

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

10. Do Not Fire!

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

11. Money Folder

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

12. Shadows of Tomorrow (Ft. Quasimoto)

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM, Quasimoto

13. Operation Lifesaver AKA Mint Test

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

14. Figaro

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

15. Hardcore Hustle (Ft. Wildchild (Lootpack))

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM, Wildchild

16. Strange Ways

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

17. Fancy Clown (Ft. Viktor Vaughn)

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM, Viktor Vaughn

18. Eye (Ft. Stacy Epps)

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM, Stacy Epps

19. Supervillain Theme

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM


20. All Caps

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

21. Great Day

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM

22. Rhinestone Cowboy

Madvillain, Madlib, MF DOOM