Underground hip-hop icon, DOOM, returns with a limited edition release, in the form of his vinyl edition of classic 1999 debut, Operation Doomsday.
DOOM’s album came at a time when Diddy’s Bad Boy Records and Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records was reigning supreme and dominating MTV, with blinged out necks and wrists. However, there was a very strong underground scene that had emerged, where hungry, innovative artists had no use for the major label system… and thrived. There was Dr. Octagon and Jurassic 5 in Cali, Atmosphere and the Rhymesayers crew in the Midwest, and Company Flow and Definitive Jux in the East, among others. And, there was DOOM.
The artist formerly known as Zev Love X of major-label-but-underground heroes KMD, had disappeared from most fans’ view in around 1994, after his brother and artistic co-producer Subroc was killed, and the group’s Black Bastards album was shelved by Elektra. So, he reinvented himself and re-emerged as a mysterious character named MF DOOM.
First appearing on random singles with no distribution, the underground buzz eventually led to the release of Operation Doomsday, which fans can own again in this limited vinyl release.
This new 7-Inch Collection edition includes seven 7-Inches that run in order of the songs from the original issue (including interludes). Each record is housed in a custom black leatherette outer-box, laced with silver-foil renderings of DOOM’s legendary mask and bubble graffiti logo on the outside. There’s also a never-seen-before DOOM drawing by the legendary Lord Scotch, the original artist behind the Operation: Doomsday art, on the inside.
Additionally, the box set contains two metallic-silver colored 45 adapters, each a 3D rendering of DOOM’s gladiator mask. Picture sleeves for each of the seven pieces of wax all feature brand new work by Lord Scotch, as well: new hand-lettered track listings on one side, and incredible new color illustrations on the flip that, when laid side-by-side, fit together like puzzle pieces, to form one large image.
Lastly, each seven-inch comes in a unique vinyl color: Purple Transparent, Red Transparent, Lime Green Opaque, Orange Opaque, Yellow Transparent, Turquoise Opaque, and Classic Black.
The “Operation Doomsday: The 7-Inch Collection” is available for pre-order now and limited to just 1,500 copies.