Album of the Day
Brothers Daniel “Zev Love X” and Dingilizwe “DJ Subroc” Dumile joined Alonzo “Onyx the Birthstone Kid” Hodge at the end of the 1980s as K.M.D. (originally short for Kausing Much Damage). MR. HOOD was the New York hip-hop trio's debut, and the 1991 Elektra album gives equal play to the group's political consciousness and its sense of humor. With samples drawn from instructional and children's records (including a bit of Bert from Sesame Street), the title character pops up throughout these 18 tracks, making absurd observations that K.M.D. deftly skewers. Singles “Peachfuzz,” “Who Me?” and “Nitty Gritty” (featuring a guest appearance by Brand Nubian) helped earn the collection a place on Pitchfork's 100 Favorite Albums of the 1990s list. One more reason to check out MR. HOOD - Zev Love X later became the late, great MF Doom.