However, in 1993 they made a stark departure from their upbeat debut with Black Bastards, a project that was swiftly shelved, Elektra Records deeming the title and cover image too controversial The group were dropped from the label shortly after.
mf doom ghostface – MF DOOM Told The Story Of 6ix9ine 15 Years Ago On “Rap Snitch Knishes”
With new music due later this year, the enigmatic rapper MF DOOM relaunches his GasDrawls website with an exclusive new merch drop. I actually found an old review of Black Bastards in Spin from when it was supposed to come out in 1994 and even the writer and The Record contributor Danyel Smith doesn’t seem to grasp about how much of a departure and progression this album is, and she’s very knowledgable,.
Though still an independent artist, MF DOOM took a bigger step towards the mainstream in 2005 with The Mouse and the Mask, a collaboration with producer DJ Danger Mouse under the group name Danger Doom. The album, released on October 11, 2005 by Epitaph, was done in cooperation with Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and featured voice-actors and characters from its programs (mostly Aqua Teen Hunger Force). Danger Doom reached #41 on the Billboard 200. In 2006 Doom hosted the adult swim Christmas special and he could be seen in between shows, usually talking about what was up next, and making jokes. DOOM also made an appearance in November Has Come”, a track on Gorillaz’s 2005 album Demon Days, which reached #6 on the Billboard 200.
Interestingly, Bobbito says that the KMD releases didn’t sell as well as Doom’s Dead Bent” single, despite the fact that KMD had been a known, major label entity earlier in the decade. On the full-length releases front, Doom’s non-KMD work also led the way: in 1999, he released Operation Doomsday as MF Doom, also on Fondle ‘Em to much acclaim in the indie hip-hop world.
MF DOOM is the most inimitable figure in hip-hop. As prolific as he is elusive, London-born and New York-bred Daniel Dumile owned artist anonymity long before SBTRKT donned his feathers and Daft Punk were still wearing bags on their heads. From behind the privacy of a metal mask, DOOM has painstakingly crafted a world of his own that’s invited a cult following of fans like no other rap artist. It’s a world drenched in sci-fi and comic book references, built through multiple personas, inseparable visuals and, of course, laboriously constructed bodies of music. Whether it be a concept album or left-field collaborations DOOM’s world is one of a kind.
As Zev Love X, he formed the group KMD in 1988 with his younger brother DJ Subroc and another MC called Onyx the Birthstone Kid. A&R rep Dante Ross learned of KMD from the hip hop group 3rd Bass, and signed the group to Elektra Records.
You know the movie Gladiator? Well around that time, they started selling these gladiator masks” that were replicas from the movie. So what it was is that a friend of mine told me he saw this mask that would be perfect for the DOOM character. I trusted him, even though it was kinda expensive laughs.
Not very much. As far as rapping, it seems like later Doom is more influential. The one thing is the “What a N- Know (remix),” which as far as I can tell, was the true birth of the Chipmunk soul thing that Kanye blew up at the turn of the century, even though everyone always gives it to RZA. That Gil Scott-Heron “I saw the thunder and heard the lightening” bit is the first example of a rap song specifically pitching up male soul vocals to sound female.
Some artists were just born to work together When their paths eventually cross, they bring out the best in each other and form a unit greater than the sum of its parts. In 2004, that duo was MF DOOM and Madlib.
With a barrage of modern-era classics already crowding the shelves (including a series of instrumental albums), DOOM has at least five more on deck this year, including the highly anticipated, bi-coastal collaboration with jazz and weed fiend Madlib. The word is out on Madvillainy (Stones Throw), pure stoned genius laced with intricate wordplay, inside jokes and ill pop culture references. The gravelly and half-awake monotone flow of DOOM provides the perfect complement to Madlib’s multi-faceted beats.
Doom released Gas Drawls” just before Doomsday, meaning that this easygoing Steely Dan flip was part of his reintroduction to the rap world. It nods, in its lyrics and title, to his first-ever recorded appearance on 3rd Bass’ 1989 single The Gas Face,” the video for which you should watch if you’re interested in seeing an extremely young Doom as well as a Gilbert Gottfried cameo. Gas Drawls” shows the sort of scrappy exuberance of the era, laced over a sample that would cost the GDP of a small nation today.
Both of these artists rarely speak to press about their music. However, DOOM gave a recent and rare interview to Spin‘s Will Gottsegen about the 2004 Stones Throw album. He recalled its creation and discussed the unreleased follow-up material he has made with Madlib. DOOM also speaks at length about his late son, King Malachi Dumile, who died in late 2017 at the age of 14. For fans of the MC who has some of the most asymmetrical rhymes in all of music, DOOM also explains how he treats writing verses like a game. As an artist who many believe is far-and-above his peers, Daniel Dumile has created a way to make songwriting fun and competitive, even if most MCs are not in his league.
The title track of DOOM’s Operation Doomsday is the perfect opening track to an epic album. Masterful sampling, dope scratching, and excellent emceeing over a delicious beat – simply flawless. A straight-up classic track from a straight-up classic album.
Despite now having the album under his control, things weren’t looking anywhere near up for Doom. He was, of course, still reeling from his brother’s death. And now he had a blacklisted album to try and sell to another label.
Born in London, England, moved to Long Island, New York at a young age. Started KMD as Zevlove X with his younger brother DJ Subroc , and appeared on 3rd Bass ‘ single “The Gas Face” in 1989. Onyx The Birthstone Kid also joined the group before releasing their debut album, Mr. Hood , which featured an appearance from Brand Nubian , as well as production from The Stimulated Dummies, in 1992. After the release of Mr. Hood , things started going downhill for KMD. Onyx The Birthstone Kid left the group, leaving only Zev and Subroc. But, during recording for their second album, Black Bastards , Subroc was hit by a car, and eventually died. As the album came close to a release, an article was published in Billboard magazine from an author who had only seen the artwork for the album, about how the album was racist. This stirred up much controversy within Elektra Records , and eventually ended up in the label not releasing the album.
Aside from Manhattan, one geographical locale that had significance to the Dumile brothers was Long Beach, NY—a town technically in Long Island, but just outside of the Queens borough line. Importantly for their musical career, it was also a stone’s throw from Far Rockaway, the home of 3rd Bass’ MC Serch. Doom says that they were firmly planted in Long Beach when he was in junior high and early high school, and they also kept roots there throughout the mid-‘90s.
MF Doom the character was born out of pain. Real pain. The pain of loss and the pain of rejection. Hiding behind that mask wasn’t a joke, it wasn’t an act. It was an alter-ego wrought out of necessity.
In the years intervening before his next full-length solo release, and continually since, Dumile has appeared on several tracks on other artists’ LPs and remixes, contributed one-off tracks to compilations, and done various guest production work.
Born Markel Scott in 1996, Nehru grew up in Spring Valley, a village in New York’s Rockland County. The relative isolation of his hometown goes some way to explaining the solitary quality that defines his music. There are parts (of Spring Valley) that are really suburban, and parts that look like the city that are more fast-paced,” he says, But for the most part, it’s pretty rural, really slow.” At school he focused on his music, learning to make beats in class and sharpening his knowledge at home with YouTube tutorials and by learning music theory.
As DOOM speaks further in the interview, he shows that his life is far from dull. The MC recalls KMD seeing De La Soul as the biggest brother, as well as A Tribe Called Quest. He describes being Elektra Records label-mates with Leaders Of The New School and Brand Nubian. Later on, MF DOOM praises Dante Ross, who signed KMD. He recalls Ross and the Stimulated Dummies Lower Manhattan studio in a basement maze, where many recordings were made. DOOM describes using the Akai MPC-60, and later having to sell it.
The cover of Take Me to Your Leader always catches my eye: A cutout of the three-headed Godzilla villain King Ghidorah staring down a battalion of paper tanks. A diorama cover is about as apt a choice for an album by a sample-heavy producer like DOOM (here under the alias King Geedorah), who crafted all but one song on this joint project.
Madlib cameo ‘Absolutely’ alternately lurches and glides through that familiar murk that suits both artists perfectly, Jake One drops a handful of no-nonsense cuts that are the closest DOOM’s gotten to clean-fidelity midstream bangers in his career (‘Ballskin’, ‘Rap Ambush’), and DOOM himself goes raw with classic ’80s b-boy breaks (Raekwon feature ‘Yessir!’) and space opera soundtrack love themes (Ghostface teamup ‘Angelz’).
After ‘The Mouse & the Mask’ the duo released the ‘Occult Hymn’ E.P. in 2006 which features a Madlib remix of Space Ho’s, remixes of El Chuba Nibre and a brilliant mix of Sofa King, 2 new tracks in Perfect Hair II and Korn Dogs and some skits for good measure. Earlier this year (2017) DOOM released a new 9 track edition of the Mask & the Mouse – the ‘Metal Face Edition’ which included 2 new songs: Mad Nice (featuring Black Thought & Vinny Price) and Spokesman.
The meeting of producer Madlib with DOOM for Madvillainy proved to be one of the most accomplished albums in hip-hop history. Released in 2004 by Stones Throw, the much anticipated final product mutually exposed both to a wider rap audience, as well as being furiously lauded across the board by mainstream music publications.
With few exceptions Dumile produces (creates) the instrumentation tracks for his solo releases. In Gas Drawls” MF DOOM says the super villain, cooler than a million” – and that is a perfect description of this album and what would follow later.
Take Me To Your Leader is sorely slept on – a tight, cohesive album filled with classic DOOM tracks. This is one of the stand-outs and features one of DOOM’s best verses ever over an epic beat. The new KMD single Sorcerers includes new recruits King Iz and Lil Sci chiming in while DOOM, er Zev, nonchalantly demands his fictional foe to run his jewels.
The buzz around Born Like This seems elusive in retrospect, not because the album hadn’t earned it, but because it seemed unclear just where it stood in an end-of-the-aughts hip-hop world. To be fair, just about nobody had the best idea of where anybody stood back in ’09, where the closest there was to a consensus favorite was a toss-up between a comeback record from Raekwon and a comeback record from Mos Def – which, like this comeback record from DOOM (who’d been close to dormant for four years), felt more reassuring than revolutionary.
However, in 1993 they made a stark departure from their upbeat debut with Black Bastards, a project that was swiftly shelved, Elektra Records deeming the title and cover image too controversial The group were dropped from the label shortly after. Black Bastards, after furious bootlegging of the LP gave KMD cult status, did eventually make it to release years later in 2000, but Dumile as his alter ego Zev Love X dropped off the music radar completely.
DOOM’s first commercial breakthrough came in 2004, with the album Madvillainy, created with producer Madlib under the group name Madvillain. Released by Stones Throw Records, the album was a critical and commercial success. MF Doom was seen by mainstream audiences for the first time as Madvillain received publicity and acclaim in publications such as Rolling Stone, Washington Post, New York Times, The New Yorker, and Spin. A video for All Caps” and a four-date U.S. tour followed the release of Madvillainy. Additional videos for Rhinestone Cowboy” and Accordion,” both directed by Andrew Gura, were released on the DVDs Stones Throw 101 and Stones Throw 102: In Living the True Gods,” respectively.