Picture disc, Red Vinyl, Pop-up Gatefold Sleeve, 32p Booklet.
MF DOOM’s first group and their controversial sophomore release Black Bastards (Bl_ck B_st_rds) is being reissued by DOOM’s own Metalface Records imprint on vinyl.
This includes a popup gatefold sleeve, 32p. booklet with liner notes, and two 12-inch records – one picture disc with the group’s iconic “sambo” mascot, and one red vinyl.
In Brian Coleman’s recent book Check the Technique, he wrote extensively about the album and it’s critical role in shaping the persona of MF DOOM: “There are few releases in hip-hop history with as much mystery behind them as KMD’s second full-length, Black Bastards. The album, whose cover boldly depicted a cartoon ‘Sambo’ being hanged, didn’t even receive the insult of being shelved or pushed back by Elektra Records upon its completion in 1994. Instead, it was outright refused, with very little above-board explanation as to the reason, or even much of an apology, as they ushered the group’s leader out the door.”
Below: early 90s photo of Zev Love X (Photo by Pete Nice)
The 2015 “Record Store Day” Edition was in the form of a children’s popup book with 2 CDs and a 7-inch single – NOW SOLD OUT.