10. Viktor Vaughn - Venomous Villain (2004)
The second album from DOOM's nocturnal alias Viktor Vaughn finds Vik in a predictable place, running around at night trying to get into and then out of trouble. Unfortunately the rapping lacks life, though Kool Keith and DOOM drop some nice verses here and there. According to RapReviews.com, DOOM chose producers for each track based on a raffle, where unknowns could submit their work for a chance to be on Venomous Villain. The result inevitably feels a little slapdash, though there's some excellent, dark drum programming, à la the first Viktor Vaughn release.
Venomous Villain is the most inoffensive record in the DOOM catalogue, not even listed as a major release on DOOM's website. Alongside the circus of unsophisticated beatmakers in the background, DOOM's voice seems unsure of where to land at times, so even when he raps well, his self-aggrandizing flex skimps on the storytelling—the theater of nighthawks that populate Vaudeville Villain with are nowhere to be found.