Ask any true hip-hop fan and he can tell you exactly where and when he first heard DOOM's Operation: Doomsday. Against seeming insurmountable odds, the album - bootlegged mercilessly, floating in and out of print on various labels since it’s release in 1999 gained mythical status amongst music aficionados of all backgrounds as one of the landmark releases of the past decade. At its core? One man, a microphone, an MPC 2000 and a Roland VS 1680. By the time of Operation: Doomsday’s recording, DOOM was a transformed man: a veteran of hip hop’s aging “new school” reinvented as the masked, abstract wordsmith of the NOW. His pointed wit, subtly subversive lyrics and stream-of-consciousness flow over adventurous sample-based production created the measuring stick by which rappers in the coming decade would measure themselves.
Now, DOOM’s own Metal Face Records will release Operation: Doomsday as it was intended to be heard: as a special remastered and expanded four - LP set, featuring a 32-page lyric book and a complete collection of alternate versions, b-sides and instrumentals, packaged in a collectible tin case with the iconic ‘Mask’ logo embossed onto the front. Stones Throw’s Jeff Jank, an often DOOM collaborator, and San Francisco based artist Jason Jagel, who provided the painting for DOOM’s MM...Food album, were enlisted to create both an updated version of the album’s iconic comicbook style cover art for the box and a set of 10 Doomsday MCs trading cards (featuring DOOM, Kurious and others) especially for this release.