Thursday, January 7, 2021

All Caps Song Lyrics Meaning - Madvillain

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Album: Madvillainy
Release Date: March 23, 2004
Record Label: Stones Throw Records
Songwriter: Americo Galindez
Producer: Madlib

DOOM let’s everyone know from the beginning that he is the king of rapping. The line is a reference to Rakim’s line from “My Melody”:

It’ll be tragedy catastrophe
and after that you’ll call me your majesty

DOOM is also known as King Geedorah, and the character Doctor Doom, which MF DOOM is named after, was the King of Latveria.

There is two different meanings in this line:

1. It could mean “keep your energy high”, and be alert out on the streets, Madvillain is vicious.

2. It can also be interpreted as DOOM telling his challenger to keep the battery charges he will face for what is about to happen. In the rest of the verse, DOOM verbally attacks his opponent. He may be legally charged with battery, as in assault and battery, because of his actions but the “charge” will not likely stick, maybe because there is not enough evidence.

Here, the meaning of previous lines are relevant; an opponent challenging DOOM for superiority.

The throwing of a brick is an intention to cause damage to something established, in this case DOOM. Once the opponent makes the first move engaging battle with DOOM (releasing the brick), the fight gets real and there is no turning back for the opponent (the impact of a flying brick is inevitable).

The people witnessing the challenge would NOT “do nothing”, but in fact “do something”. these people (blatantly aware of DOOM’s superiority) will react by saying something: “not another fool challenging DOOM!?”, or simply “boo!!” at the opponent. It might also be a reference to Madvillain’s record label Stone’s Throw.

This line references the old saying “cuts like a hot knife through butter”, he’s saying his beat is so butter, or smooth, he can take his time ripping it. Also, his beat is so “butter”, meaning smooth, and he verbally makes other MC’s have a slow death as he is a “slow cutter” with the mic. A cutter is also a baseball pitch, setting up for the next line, his “delivery”.

DOOM is literally saying, “Don’t let my calm demeanor fool you”. Like his flow, his temper can shift rather quickly. The next line solidifies this when he says, “Sometimes he rhyme quick, sometimes he rhyme slow”.

The mother-dissing is a running gag between DOOM and Madlib. Madlib on “America’s Most Blunted” raps “Even your mom’s got crack”, while Viktor Vaughn on “Between Villains” says “Your mom’s is a asshole”. He may also be talking about how other rappers' lyrics are so generic and how they cant think up clever lyrics like him, so they just go for the old-fashioned “yo mama” jokes.

DOOM uses “A slice of nice verse pie” to represent how sweet his bars are. Also note the wordplay on “whip”, like the cream on the “nice verse pie”. “Hit it on the first try” is a double entendre: DOOM gets his verses right on the first try, and, when he wishes to sleep with a female, he is successful on the first attempt.

Referencing DOOM’s “Villain” moniker, as well as a play on the phrase “bad guy,” using the superlative form of “bad,” worst, to say that DOOM is that much worse than your average “bad guy.” DOOM is known for picking out good beats to rap over.

DOOM is saying he won’t stop until everyone’s listening to his flows. A riff on the saying “slower than cold molasses” or “slower than molasses in january,” which refers to molasses that are so cold they don’t really flow or move at all. DOOM is heating up the slow molasses so they flow again and DOOM can enlighten people with the smooth, rich, and sweet flows.

The Robot is a dance that became popular in the 1960s after Michael Jackson performed it during a performance of the Jackson 5’s “Dancing Machine”. It is an illusionary street dance style that attempts to imitate a dancing robot or mannequin.

The headspin is a dance move commonly used in breakdancing, which is another style of street dance created in the late 60s by African American youth in New York. Boogaloo, or bugalĂș also became popular in the 1960s and is a genre of dance that originated in New York City mainly among teenage Latinos.

The average Hip Hop fan at first does not understand DOOM, but once they realize that to do so is impossible, they become a learned fan of the craft that he has so mastered. “Bug-A-Boo” could be a reference to the Destiny’s Child track of the same name.

In both Doctor Doom, the Marvel villain DOOM is based off of, and MF DOOM mythology, the villains had their faces deformed by an experiment gone horrendously wrong. DOOM references this in “Beef Rapp”: A rather ugly brother with flows that’s gorgeous.

Apparently, DOOM went after a man with a wig. This line could be a reference to Kool Keith as some have speculated DOOM and Keith have a feud. However, this isn’t true, Keith featured on Doper Skiller around this time. If this was about Kool Keith, though, DOOM would be denying it. DOOM points out he has not been convicted for the crime yet. This may be a reference to the first verse when DOOM is talking about being charged with assault. Since DOOM likes to play around with different perspectives he’s rapping from, this could be someone more distanced from the crime than the character in the first verse.

“The pot doubles” refers to the “Jackpot” in poker. It is like the stakes are now twice as high, and the other guys are in trouble because MF DOOM is going to win. Also, the rhymes of this line and the next are similar to a line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

The meaning of this line goes on:

It could also a play on the common phrase “The plot thickens…”
It could be a reference to Biggie’s “Mo' Money Mo” Problems".

And finally, it could mean that DOOM is smoking twice as much “pot”, which sparks his creativity, so, all these other rappers are about to really have some troubles now that DOOM will become as creative.

DOOM is suggesting that “madmen”, like himself, typically characterized as fringe, but also brilliant and determined, don’t just disappear, they’d prefer to leave their mark on the world. This is also a continuation of the poker line above— DOOM won’t go bust in the high-stakes rap game.

It could also suggest that he won’t resort to “pop” or “bubblegum rap”. Most mainstream hip hop artists eventually fade away, or “pop” out of existence. So he’s saying he won’t sell out and go pop, partly for his contempt for the mainstream industry and because he knows it’ll just cause him to fade away too. Might also be referencing the song “Popsnot” from Vaudeville Villain by Viktor Vaughn, DOOM’s alter ego.