Vaudeville Villain is a concept album like no other, where MF DOOM re-envisions himself as a younger, hungrier, more brazen persona in order to explore a different point of view. Of course, developing a second self from a more technologically advanced universe, he took a new approach to the production too. Viktor Vaughn fittingly raps over next-school beats that move freely in spaces between Electronica and Hip Hop, courtesy of Sound-Ink producers King Honey, Heat Sensor and Max Bill, along with one track from RJD2. Vaudeville Villain is one of the more uniquely creative entries in the MF DOOM universe.
“9.1” - Pitchfork
“MF DOOM’s undersung masterpiece” - NME
“[I've] done enough comparison listening to report that it could very well be his best.” - Robert Christgau (Dean of Rock Critics)
“While an album can perhaps never be described as “perfect” [Vaudeville Villain] comes fairly close with its spades of innovation, ingenuity, and originality.” - Rap Reviews
“Another alter ego and another excellent release from Daniel Dumile” - HipHopDX