By 1999, the excellence of the newly released Operation Doomsday album was not a surprise, to those already familiar with New-York's underground rap scene. By then, MF Doom had already released several great singles on Fondle'em, Bobbito's iconic indie rap label. And all of them were compiled on this opus, recorded by a man who was not exactly a newcomer. The guy, indeed, was Daniel Dumile, a.k.a. Zev Love X, an ex-rapper from the band K.M.D., who had reoriented his career after the death of his colleague and brother Subroc. Moving forward, he would start hiding his face behind a mask, and become rap's underground super-hero.
This is a universal law: what great artists sow, they generally harvest much too late. They are celebrated just when their skills are no longer what they used to be. Then, fans and critics alike are praising them, exaggerating their talent, ashamed they hadn't noticed their existence before. This is what happened with Daniel Dumile, a.k.a. Zev Luv X, a.k.a. MF Doom, considered as underground hip-hop's genius all along the 2000's, while his best work, KMD's Black Bastards, or the Operation Doomsday solo album, had been recorded in the previous decade.