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Premiere: Ghostface Killah, BADBADNOTGOOD, And DOOM Team Up On “Ray Gun”

The Return of DOOMSTARKS.

1. Set your phasers to “kill” — Toronto’s jazz-meets-hip-hop instrumental trio BADBADNOTGOOD has reunited Ghostface Killah and underground rap legend DOOM, together known as DOOMSTARKS, on a new track called “Ray Gun.” Listen below.

The first we’ve heard from DOOMSTARKS in over three years (after one-off single “Victory Laps” in 2011), “Ray Gun” follows “Gun Showers” feat. Elzhi and “Six Degrees” feat. Danny Brown from BBNG and Ghostface’s forthcoming collaborative album Sour Soul.

2. Over meandering, ominous organ and a loose, propulsive rush of drums, Tony Starks and The Villainous One trade lyrical darts with their signature cinematic flair.

Vincent “Kmeron” Philbert / Flickr / Creative Commons / Via creativecommons.org

3. “Every time a DOOMSTARKS track comes out it’s a legendary moment in hip-hop, and we hope ‘Ray Gun’ is worthy,” BBNG said in a joint statement to BuzzFeed Music.


When we first heard we had a chance to get DOOM on a track for Sour Soul, we were ecstatic and also a little nervous. DOOM and Ghostface are two of our favourite rappers and creating an instrumental that blended both Ghostface’s raw powerful flow and DOOM’s poetic quirkiness proved challenging. We ended up with an arranged form that had also had an improvised feel to it, and a string and horn arrangement at the end inspired by DOOM’s love of sampling old movie soundtracks.

4. Pre-order Sour Soul, out Feb. 24 from Lex Records, here. The long-rumored full-length DOOMSTARKS album may also finally see the light of day this year, according to Ghostface’s Reddit AMA last month.

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