The Art and Influence of Hip Hop

The Art and Influence of Hip Hop

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Original Operation: Doomsday test pressing, [1999]

Lot Closed

March 30, 06:01 PM GMT


3,000 - 5,000 USD

Lot Details


"OPERATION: DOOMSDAY" WEA Manufacturing Test Pressing, 1999.

Two vinyl 12" 33 rpm records in original sleeve, "OPERATION DOOMSDAY" in black marker on front, "dj cucumber slice" sticker on front. Original 8½ by 11 in. label copy included.

REC. NO. F3-86, with vinyl MTX NO. 2 & 3 pressed September 21, 1999, and vinyl MTX NO. 0 & 1 pressed September 22, 1999.


The test pressing and label copy offered here were recorded in 1999 in advance of MF DOOM releasing his solo studio album debut, Operation: Doomsday. The test pressing was received on September 22 by Bobbito Garcia's independent label, Fondle 'Em Records, immediately approved, and released publicly on October 19. The record is widely considered as one of the most influential albums in the history of Hip Hop.

Born in 1971 in London but raised on Long Island, producer and rapper MF DOOM is best known for his complex rhymes and wordplay, signature mask, and comic supervillain performance persona. Variety has referred to him as one of Hip Hop's "most celebrated, unpredictable, and enigmatic figures."

Twelve years after the release of Operation: Doomsday, MF DOOM put out a deluxe remastered version of the original album, due in part to the original album achieving, according to The A.V. Club, "mythic status; its legend has grown in proportion to its relative unavailability, and to DOOM’s ascent to cult godhood." The online music publication Pitchfork referred to the 2011 Operation: Doomsday's reissue as "a must-hear in just about any format."


From the personal collection of Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love

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