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    Doc Brown & Lowkey - "Mad World"

    Album: Citizen Smith Vol. 1 Year released: 2004

    Some of the most honest lyrics in hip-hop’s history are those of teenagers in despair, and Doc Brown’s reflective offering is no different (it makes a lot of sense that he is the younger brother of best-selling author, Zadie Smith). By far the strongest track on the album, this collaboration with now accomplished MC-come-political-activist Lowkey results in two verses that together recount the dark, raw reality of being churned through the young, educational stages of London’s capitalist elements. What’s more, the eerie vocals and minimal, softened piano taken from Gary Jules and Michael Andrews’ "Mad World," give the vivid delivery an unusually powerful sample backdrop. It’s a strange, beautiful harmony.