Boomkat Product Review:
Posthumous reissue of MF Doom and his disciple Bishop Nehru’s now-classic 2014 collab, including a cool Madvillain (Madlib & Doom) beat and freshly re-cut with bonus bits and interludes
A singular entry in the Doom cosmos, ’NehruvianDoom’ sees the sensei meet his student in a tight pack of songs produced after Nehru supported Doom and Ghostface Killah at the 100 Club in London, late 2013. The results are evidently dominated by Metal Fingers' signature noirish/cartoonish production, but he generally takes a passenger seat on the mic, probably building zoots and nodding appreciatively while Nehru cuts loose in the free-flowing golden era style Doom helped establish with KMD in the ‘90s.
In their own words, Nehru thought that “There's no way to really explain it. It's just kind of its own little feel, its own little sound. I don't think anything really compares to it" and Doom cosigned “It just is what it is.” It still holds water in that post old skool way, sticking to vintage principles of soul and funk samples kneaded in the MPC and spat on, with proper early ‘90s boom bap and tongue knotting wordplay on ‘Om’, and some classic Doom comic book/cartoon vibes in ‘Coming For You’, and his bumping build with Madlib on ‘Great Things’ plus inimitable bars on ‘Disastrous’ when he can be actually bothered to touch mic and show the whippersnapper how it’s done.