MF DOOM was reportedly working on the sequel to Madvillainy, his acclaimed 2004 joint album with Madlib, before he passed away last year.
During a recent appearance on the Juan Ep is Dead podcast, Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf said that DOOM and Madlib were nearing completion on the collaborative record. “DOOM was always telling me ‘It’s 85 percent done, it’s 85 percent done.’ That was the magic number,” Wolf told the show hosts Pete Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds.
Wolf later revealed that DOOM had sent him 11 songs in 2009, but the producer told the label not to release them until the album was completely ready, Complex reported. “I got a little frustrated,” Wolf recalled, “and I was just like, you know, ‘It’s gonna happen when it’s gonna happen.’ I don’t wanna be the guy to force creativity or anything.”
The Stones Throw founder said he has since received permission from DOOM’s team and family to share the unreleased material, but is still unsure if he should. “I don’t know what we’re going to do with those tracks,” he said. Hear the full Juan Ep is Dead episode with Wolf here.
DOOM’s death was made public on Instagram on New Year’s Eve. According to his wife, the hip hop artist born Daniel Dumile had “transitioned” on Halloween 2020.
Meanwhile, Madlib has yet to address Wolf’s claims. The rapper-producer is currently gearing up for his upcoming collaborative album with Four Tet, Sound Ancestors, which is due out later this month. It will include the tracks “Hopprock” and “Road of the Lonely Ones.”
Revisit DOOM and Madlib’s Madvillainy below: