MF Doom – True Lightyears Ft. Jay Electronica

As we had previously reported, MF DOOM and Jay Electronica had signed on to team up for a song that would become part of Adult Swim’s Singles series. Eventually, it was discerned that the track would also be part of a 15-week series where the Masked Man himself would be gifting us with some previously unreleased material. The initial single came to us last week, a Sean Price team-up titled “Negus.” Interestingly, that first song is also being included on Price’s posthumous album Imperius Rex as well, which you can check out our review for here.

The new flavor for this week is called “True Lightyears” and, if it sounds like it’s a bit of a trip to listen to, well that’s because it is. The psychedelic beat that features some flute samples that act as accents puts the lyricists in an a spacey, non-human space where they rip some off some really well-crafted rhymes. Jay is up first, getting on some wordy prose before DOOM wades in on the second verse and closes things out in style. It’s quite an experience to hear two emcees go to town over a track that could’ve easily found a home in Ken Kesey’s LSD companion listening collection – if hip-hop had been big back then of course.

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