Special Herbs + Spices Volume 1

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Special Herbs + Spices Vol. 1
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Studio album by MF DOOM & MF Grimm
Released May 11, 2004
Genre Underground hip hop
Length 50:42
Label Day By Day Entertainment
Producer Metal Fingers
MF DOOM chronology
MF EP
(2000)MF EP2000
Special Herbs + Spices Volume 1
(2004)
MM..Food?
(2004)MM..Food?2004
MF Grimm chronology
Digital Tears: E-mail from Purgatory
(2004) Digital Tears: E-mail from Purgatory2004
Special Herbs + Spices Volume 1
(2004) Special Herbs + Spices Volume 12004
Scars & Memories
(2005) Scars & Memories2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Sputnik Music 3.5/5 stars link
Coke Machine Glow 76% link
Hip-Hop Elements 9/10 link
Stylus Magazine B- link

Special Herbs + Spices Vol. 1 is the third collaboration album released between American rappers MF DOOM and MF Grimm, released in 2004 (see 2004 in music) on Grimm's own Day By Day Entertainment label.[1] Unlike their previous works, this CD is solely focused on MF Grimm's rhyming over MF DOOM's production.[1] The first ingredient of each song title is a reference to the corresponding track from DOOM's Special Herbs series of instrumental albums. The tracks on the album were composed as freestyles by MF Grimm with many being written on the spot prior to recording. This reflects Grimm's past as a prolific and decorated battle rapper. Due to the duo's falling out after the release of this album, it is the last record to be released collaboratively.

The album was released prior to and in promotion of MF Grimm's triple-album American Hunger.[1] The last track, "My Love" was originally slated to be released on American Hunger, but was removed and replaced with the track "Still My Love" due to MF Grimm's beef with MF DOOM.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Intro" 2:18
2. "Arabic Gum + Ajowan = No Snakes Alive Pt. 3" 2:56
3. "Calamus + Star Anise = Superhero" 2:31
4. "Dragons Blood + Cayenne = 1000 Degrees" 4:04
5. "Dragons Blood Resin + Ginger = Warpaint" 2:02
6. "Benzoin Gum + Asafoetida = 10 Years Later" 3:00
7. "Red #40 + Wasabi = Bottle Rocket" 3:55
8. "Bergamot + Sumac = Rain Blood Pt. 2" 3:27
9. "Kava Kava Root + Poppy Seeds = Stress Box" 3:24
10. "Styrax Gum + Nutmeg = Tick Tick Pt. 2" 3:30
11. "Mugwort + Cinnamon = Shifting Lanes" (featuring Kurious) 2:57
12. "Horehound + Sesame Seeds = Tonight's Show" (featuring Bashton the Invizabul Mang and Lord Smog) 3:10
13. "Outro" (performed by Fat Man Scoop) 0:57
14. "My Love / Return to Monsta Island" 12:30
Total length: 50:42

Miscellanea[edit]

  • Due to their falling out in early 2006, this is most likely the last collaboration between both artists.
  • The song "My Love" was scheduled to be included on Grimm's triple CD album, American Hunger. However, due to the falling out between Doom and Grimm, the lyrics and beat were drastically altered and the name of the track was tweaked to "Still My Love".

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