Black Bastards (or Bl_ck B_st_rds) is an album by KMD (a rap trio featuring an early alias of MF DOOM), released in 2001 through ReadyRock. Initially, the album was scheduled for release in 1993, but Elektra Records canceled the album, reportedly due to the controversial cover art, which shows a Sambo figure being lynched, and its black nationalist, Five-Percenter lyrics. However, the album displayed no obvious Five-Percenter rhetoric, yet the project was racially candid, as demonstrated by the album title, its cover art, and the sample collage intro. Zev Love X's brother DJ Subroc was killed when he was struck by a car shortly before the album was completed.
The album received mixed to positive review from music critics. Douglas Siwek of AllMusic wrote "The sound of the record is very raw and sounds unfinished due to Elektra shelving the project, but it doesn't take away from the magic that would have made this a suitable follow-up." Steven Juon of RapReviews praised the albums lyrics but wrote that he wished "they would have taken a little more care in mastering and recording this disc". Sputnikmusic gave the album a positive review, writing "If Operation: Doomsday is the Fellowship of the Rings, then Bastards is undoubtedly hip hop’s Hobbit." Robert Christgau also gave the album a positive review, calling it "the rare great lost album that justifies its legend" and encouraging the reader to "make a face at Elektra" for shelving it.