The New Year broke with belated news: The villain died on Halloween. The enigmatic Daniel Dumile, better known as the cult rapper / producer of MF Doom – AKA Metal Face, AKA Viktor Vaughn, AKA King Geedorah and, once upon a time, Zev Love X – was dead in 49.
Doom’s story is one of the legends in the world of hip-hop: he was a mythical figure, elusive to the public and the dominant king of underground hip-hop. He started his journey in rap with his brother Subroc and their group KMD. But Subroc hit a car that tried to cross the Long Island Highway after the group’s first album, Mr. Hood, fell and died before the release of KMD’s second effort, Black bastards.
In interviews, Doom said he spent years after his brother’s death wandering the streets of Manhattan and sleeping on park benches before heading south to Atlanta, where he had not been heard from for several years. His time in Atlanta was apparently spent in healing from grief, while KMD fell uncertainly from Elektro Records before his release Black bastards.
The Myth of Doom holds that he swore revenge on an industry that he claimed had “badly deformed” him and would return to wreak havoc in the rap game. So in 1999, MF Doom came out with a face covered in a Doctor Doom-style mask to release his first album, Operation: Judgment Day. Underground hit, the record led to a nine-volume series of instrumental albums, Special herbs under the pseudonym Metal Fingers starting in 2001, highlighting the strength of the producer.
In 2003, Doom released two solo albums under different aliases, further enhancing the enticing aura of mystery: the first, Take me to your leader, as King Geedorah (homage to Godzilla); others, Vaudeville Villain, under the nickname Victor Vaughn (homage to Victor Von Doom, called Doctor Doom).
In 2004, Doom featured some of his best work. First came Madvillain and Madvillainy, a collaboration with the almost strange producer Madlib. It was a current classic. (According to Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf, the sequel to the album, Madvillainy 2, was “85 percent done” when Doom died.) Also published that year: Mm..Food, at Rhymesayers Entertainment. It was the second megahit for a hip-hop villain.
Most critics and hip-hop heads agree Madvillainy was Doom’s greatest achievement. But perhaps his work with producer Danger Mouse earned a wider audience. (Doom never seems to care about fame.) Under the name DangerDoom, they released Mouse and Massk, filled with features like Talib Kweli and Ghostface Killah, not to mention the appearance of characters directly from Adult Swim.
Doom’s creative work hasn’t stopped. Not surprisingly, projects were often released under pseudonyms. He threw MF for Born like this, whose features included Charles Bukowski reciting his poem “Dinosauria”. Doom was also featured on Gorillaz Days of Demons album, worked on an album with Ghostface Killah that never materialized, gave up on a collage project called Keys to the Kuffs under the name JJ Doom with Jneiro Jarel, produced an EP entitled NehruvianDoom with rapper Bishop Nehru and released Czarface meets a metal face, collapse with the underground hip-hop group Czarface.
New Times he approached local artists in South Florida to ask them about the influence and inspiration of MF Doom on them.
Peter Allen (Palomino blonde and through the sand)
Doom Impact: “He simply had such a way in his production that he would be able to maintain the right frequency so that everything would hit. Sometimes, if something is too strict, it is intentionally so. It makes you really listen to what he pays attention to in music. That way I definitely picked up a lot of techniques and ideas by listening to his stuff. “
Favorite doom story: “You’d hear about sending these Doomposters to shows to perform their set and other things.” At the time, I thought it was just a rumor it somehow happened at points III, but made an online appearance. I wasn’t present, but I remember thinking how angry I would have been if that had happened. Then thinking about the fact that it goes perfectly with his rap rap person. “
Doom Impact: “I studied it a lot; to take a sample and throw more drums in there or just let go of this loop. His every beat felt like a cartoon. He influenced me in so many ways, even to the spelling of my name in capital letters. I like to put clips in his rhythms, and he does. I like to take a sample and barely touch it. I like to break all the rules he liked to break – and also anonymity. When I first started, I didn’t tell anyone that I was making music until my first album came out. I wanted to keep myself and my music separate, and he’s the master of it. ”
Favorite doom story: “No one knows who Mr. Fantastic was. He was on Born like this. He was on Mm..Food. Nobody knows who he is. There is an article that tries to connect who it is, but after that Born like this, you just never heard from him again. Some think it could have been rapper Count Bass D. “
Doom Impact: “His beats have always been one of my aesthetic identities that I have always been in a relationship with. His production is sometimes very nostalgic and fun. His music is very self-conscious and I have always tried to imitate such things. Mm..Food was my hip-hop drug. “
Favorite doom story: “One of these adult swimmers who mostly managed every project they worked with Doom. He told the story of how the whole cheating thing started. He and Doom met at the time of the DangerDoom thing. The publishing house Adult Swim would yell at the crowd because Doom would take an advance and spend it on anything other than making a record. “
Doom Impact: “Multi-member tails, making everything rhyme in the first line and then everything rhymes in the next line, had a huge impact on me. The whole rhyme scheme and the way he composed his words had a huge impact on my writing. Doom draws from all over as a writer, and that has always influenced my writing style. “
Favorite doom story: “I’d say my favorite story or the story behind Doom is when a fellow collaborator Count Bass D or Dwight Spitz said that one night he and Doom went out to a show or something and Doom decided not to wear a mask to show how no one even and recognized, and all night no soul did so. I also heard that he was poor and even homeless at one point in his career while he was still in New York. Going from that influential underworld legend gives me faith and raises the point that you can make something out of nothing. You can do whatever comes to your mind. ”
Doom Impact: “The fact that he created all his rhythms and detached himself from materialism and accepted the emptiness that was left with your imagination after that is what attracted me to deal with music. This guy made everyone think. I can’t compare him to anyone else. There was no one in the hip-hop world as visionary as that. The visual aspect of it all brought me to it. When we started Metro Zu, it was both visual and sound. It was like the same vibration. “
Favorite doom story: “This guy just said, ‘Fuck all this shit in the industry, I’m going underground’ – like a real villain. Other rappers who were nearby and who probably knew him probably thought he was crazy. I like that his real life was like a living legend. If you have all these connections and you know all these people and then you say fuck that shit. That was amazing to me. I could connect with that more than with any other rapper. “
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