The VILLAIN was laying low on the fog shrouded Tin Islands when Bishop’s X-Wing crashed into his swamp. It was April 2013, and that’s a metaphor for Bishop’s first meeting with DOOM before a show at the 100 Club. The future collaborators were booked to play in the tiny ancient jazz venue with Ghostface Killah that night.
A month earlier Bishop had been co-signed on stage at SXSW by Nas. There was mad anticipation for his next project. Stakes were high. At the 100 Club, VILLAIN saw what Nas had seen.
In the months that followed Metal Fingers sent Bishop Yousendit links to folders of beats and Bishop laid down bars. The two worked remotely and then followed up with sessions in the studio.
In the Village Voice end of year round up for 2014 they reflected on the album, #2 in their best rap albums list:
" There’s a good few decades between the New York City-raised (but now exiled-in-London) MF DOOM and the upstate-residing Bishop Nehru, but listening to their hip-hop tryst, it’s as if they’ve been plugged in to the same creative zone all along. The formula here is simple: DOOM produces, Bishop raps, and on occasion the curmudgeonly supervillain with the “Brillo Pad beard” also deigns to grab the mic, but it’s the duo’s shared off-kilter sensibility that gels the listening experience. And when they team up for the positivity-packed “Great Things,” it’s as if Doom has temporarily let his mask drop to embrace a nostalgic revisiting of the original K.M.D. vibe. " - THE VILLAGE VOICE
Amongst many swell reviews the mini-album caught a lot of criticism. Not least because it was so short, just 32 minutes. To mark the 5th anniversary, we’ve reduced the running time to 27 minutes... separating out some of the skits making it neato for listening.