Two of this generation's most respected hip-hop artists, Danger Mouse and MF Doom have come together for this album, inspired by Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's popular late-night animation network. Doom, with his near obsession with masked identities and superhero personas, and Mouse, with his murky, ethereal soundscapes that cloud men's minds like Mandrake, are the perfect partners for the project, and each has inspired the other to the finest work of their careers. The Mouse & The Mask contains character voices and skits from Adult Swim's most popular original shows, including "Aqua Teen Hunger Force", "Sealab 2021", and "Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law", along with guest appearances by Cee-Lo, Talib Kweli, and Ghostface Killah.
The teaming up of controversial Gray Album producer DangerMouse and rapper/producer MF Doom has been a source of excitement amongst indie hip-hop communities since the rumours started a while ago. Those who enjoyed Madvillainy (Doom’s collabo with producer/MC Madlib) might be a little disappointed at the narrower focus of this album however, which is produced in conjunction with Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block and heavily weighted towards the concept of a ‘cartoon’ album. Though it’s not quite a jaw-dropping classic (the incessant comedy skits may leave some non-American listeners out in the cold) the beats are solid, the flows are sharp and there’s enough professionally delivered boom-bap and articulate innovation to satisfy most. Excellent appearances from Ghostface, Talib Kweli and Cee-Lo help make the album an overall success. --Paul Sullivan