5. Madvillain - Madvillainy (2004)
The abuse of stereo panning makes Madvillainy an almost painful aural experience, at times (like during "The Illest Villains") sending sound so quickly between your ears that it can make you queasy. Of course the other side of the pain is the unmistakable, terrible pleasure of Madlib's production. His work sometimes hovers around too perfect, with tones excruciatingly rounded and the crackle of spinning vinyl warming your eardrums like a nearby campfire.
I'm nitpicking. Madvillainy sings springtime, flutes alive and the just-awoken comfort of old organs and electric pianos. DOOM, officially "ALL CAPS," emerges triumphant, assured, and ready to battle, unlike the suspect hedonist behind the same year's Mm.. Food. DOOM and Madlib are made for each other, and the light-hearted delights of Madlib's production inspire an awesome range of humor throughout the album that results in a flowing, confident DOOM with rascally positivity:
Last wish, I wish I had two more wishes
And I wish they fixed the door to the Matrix, there's mad glitches
Spit so many verses sometimes my jaw twitches
One thing this party could use is more ... booze.