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Arsenic Pays Homage to MF DOOM With New Flip of Madvillain’s ‘Great Day’

Veteran South African hip-hop producer Arsenic shares a flip of Madvillainy's 'Great Day' as a tribute to MF DOOM.

In the wake of the announcement of the death of MF DOOM on the first day of 2021, countless hip-hop fans around the globe paid their last respect to one of the most gifted and innovative hip-hop wordsmiths of all time.

Cape Town-based hip-hop producer Arsenic contributed a remix of "Great Day", a song by Madvillain, the rapper-producer duo consisting of DOOM and Madlib. The song appears on the duo's 2004 album Madvillainy.


Titled "A Great Day For Doom", the remix maintains the jazz sensibilities of "Great Day", but instead of existing in a grainy atmosphere of record hisses, Arsenic gives the song a bright happy mood with every one of the beat's layers sounding crisp and full—a welcome juxtaposition of sorrow and joy, the two feelings that engulf one when they reflect on the life of a deceased.

Cape Town rapper Uno July, who has on many occasions, been vocal about his love and appreciation for DOOM broke down that the legendary lyricist was one of his biggest inspirations. The former member of Ill Skillz says the British-American rapper influenced his move to wear a mask as part of his brand.

You can purchase the original Madvillainy vinyl at the OkayShop.



Stream "A Great Day For Doom" by Arsenic on Bandcamp.

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The New Fela Kuti Box Set is Curated by Femi Kuti & Chris Martin

And they said the perfect holiday gift doesn't exist...

Fela Kuti's 50th anniversary reissues released this year have reminded us why his status as a legend continues to ring true.

Through the year, Partisan Records (the homes of Fela's catalog) has released a number of special reissues, and now Vinyl Box #5 is set to drop just in time for you to be named the coolest gift giver in your friend group. The highly-anticipated fifth installment of vinyl reissues was co-curated by Fela's son, Nigerian afrobeat ambassador Femi Kuti and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

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