DANGERDOOM, "The Mouse and the Mask"
Forget what you've heard about frat boy jokester Dane Cook having the comedy album market on lock. If you want the true LOL LP of 2005, look no further than the long-awaited collaboration between undeForget what you've heard about frat boy jokester Dane Cook having the comedy album market on lock. If you want the true LOL LP of 2005, look no further than the long-awaited collaboration between underground hip-hop sensations Danger Mouse and MF Doom. Released in conjunction with the Cartoon Network's late night subsidiary Adult Swim, "The Mouse and the Mask" boasts perhaps the most bizarre and dazzling array of cameos rap music has ever witnessed, as the popular cult channel's biggest stars all step up to the mic to ensue full frontal insanity.
Luckily, Doom and Mouse sidestep the pratfalls hip-hop has unfortunately endured whenever it has rubbed elbows with television culture by allowing the nuts behind the likes of "Sealab 2021" and "Harvey Birdman" to flex their comedic muscle with the same respect they gave such high profile MC's as Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli and Cee-Lo here.
Make sure you check out the collab with Space Ghost on "Space Ho's" if you want to hear the Scott La Rock "Super Ho" theory go into interstellar overdrive. And don't sleep on the hilarious "Vats of Urine", featuring Adult Swim newcomers the Mooninites. But if you really want to bust a gut, fast-forward to the tracks featuring the almighty Aqua Teen Hunger Force, including skits that find Master Shake stalking Danger Mouse's answering machine and a nasty freestyle by Meatwad at the end of the disc.
There's even a full-blown tribute to the treacherous three in the form of "A.T.H.F.", which features a special guest appearance by the Teens' crazy, sweat-panted neighbor Carl. However, the true star on "The Mouse and The Mask" are the wizards themselves, who glue it all together. Lyrically, Doom hasn't sounded this vital since Viktor Vaughn's "Vaudeville Villain," while DM steals the soul out of everything from Gizmo's lullaby from "Gremlins" to incidental Hanna-Barbera cartoon music from the '60s.