Artist: 2pac & MF DOOM
Album: Makavillain Side 1
4 Lit Flames for a Mixtape we didn’t even know existed …
Mixed By Spute Ardell, I wish 2pac and MF DOOM could have both collaborated when they were still alive.
Let’s get into this review for Makavillain. I won’t beat around the bush – this album gets 4 LIT FLAMES just for answering our title question. What if 2pac made an album with MF DOOM? What would that album sound like? All questions answered, in what is a beautiful blending of 2pac’s raw lyrics, over MF DOOM’s smoothly rugged beats.
Dare I say, This Makavillian mixtape Album, is a Match made in Heaven?!
(**Update 12/18/18 – ‘side 1’ is no longer available so this slot was updated with the Full album; there is no ‘review’ at this time for side 2 of this masterpiece – so feel free to share your thoughts on side 2 below; The rest of the original review of Makavillain is below —– *** Update 9/15/2022 — We found another upload of this Side 1; **** )
Released in what appears to be early in 2017, Makavillain takes 2pac vocals from various albums. You end up hearing differing ‘styles’ that 2pac has always had, all rolled into one 30 minute listening. There is Untouchable, a track that featured Krayzie Bone (of Bone Thugs N Harmony), off the last 2pac album ever released. Originally that song was put together by Swizz Beatz, but this MF DOOM version kills it!
Makavillain also features a track with both Biggie Smalls and Big L. (the song is Deadly Combination around 13 minutes in…) All 3 of these rappers left us far too soon, and we can only imagine how much heat they would have given us.
Another favorite song of mine, personally from Pac, is “Do For Love”, which took the classic Bobby Caldwell track ‘What You won’t Do For Love’, and spun it. He took the ‘theme’ of that song, and set it to a modern day relationship in his classic timeless writing style. (speaking of Bobby Caldwell – who flipped this sample better?)
Too many of us can still relate to this today ….
I shoulda seen you was trouble right from the start
Taught me so many lessons
How not to mess with broken hearts, so many questions
When this began we was the perfect match, perhaps
We had some problems but we workin at it, and now
The arguments are gettin’ loud, I wanna stay
But I can’t help from walkin’ out just a little way
Just take my hand and understand, if you could see
I never planned to be a man it just wasn’t me
But now I’m searchin’ for commitment, in other arms
I wanna shelter you from harm, don’t be alarmed
Your attitude was the cause, you got me stressin’
Soon as I open up the door with your jealous questions
Like where can I be you’re killin’ me with your jealousy
Now my ambition’s to be free
I can’t breathe, cause soon as I leave, it’s like a trap
I hear you callin’ me to come back, I’m a sucka for love
I always loved the Original, but this version on Makavillain is a close challenger.
Beats from MF DOOM sound excellent on tracks ‘meant’ to be a Daz Dillenger beat. It’s a Great contrast to hear how the final product turned out. Makavillain closes out with one of my first favorite tracks off Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z. – Pac’s debut album. For those who aren’t old enough to remember, that stood for, Never Ignorant, Getting Goals Accomplished.