Doom’s greatest weapon, a space monster GEEDORAH). His most recent release, 2018’s Sovereign Nose Of Your Arrogant Face follows suit. It appears that hip hop’s masked man has duped audiences once again.
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On 9-1-1971 Mf Doom (nickname: Mf Doom) was born in London, England. Dumile and KMD’s recorded debut came on 3rd Bass’s song The Gas Face” from The Cactus Album, followed in 1991 with KMD’s album Mr. Hood, which became a minor hit through its singles Peachfuzz,” Who Me?” and heavy video play on cable TV’s Yo! MTV Raps and Rap City.
This is the best existing sample of the long-rumored, long-delayed DoomStarks collaboration between Doom and Ghostface Killah. Originally announced over a decade ago, when both emcees were still close to the peak of their artistic powers, it held the promise of two deeply witty storytellers with a taste for abstraction and old-soul samples going head-to-head for a full album. The album has been in the final stages of being released every year since then, and the occasional tracks that have trickled out, frankly, show diminishing returns. It’ll probably never get a proper release at this rate, but Angelz” offers a tantalizing hint at what might have been, as well as the hope that there’s still a classic hiding in the vaults somewhere.
This is off KMD’s debut from ’91, Mr. Hood, a loosely conceptual effort that stands up nicely next to contemporary efforts by 3rd Bass or some of the tighter West Coast stuff of the era by The Pharcyde or Souls Of Mischief. That’s Dumile taking the first verse, and it sounds like pictures of Doom around the era look: He’s young, smiling directly into the camera, and rapping here from a charming, first-person angle that seems to directly incite the ASMR giggles of the hook. The KMD records are essential listening on their own, but they also work as prologue stories to Doom’s greater supervillain storyline. It’s reductive to simply equate the end of KMD (and Subroc’s death) with the creation of the Doom persona, but there’s no doubt that this sounds like the work of someone in a very different emotional space.
Doom’s own imprint, Metal Face Records has reissued Operation: Doomsday for a new audience in recent years in various formats, though never on cassette tape. Nearly 15 years after the album’s original release, Metal Face has fixed that in a truly deluxe fashion. The Operation: Doomsday Cassette Tin is presented in a metal box set containing two cassette tapes. The first tape features the original album in its entirety with the original cover art by Blake Lethem, while the second tape features instrumentals, b-sides, and alternate takes with cover art by Jason Jagel from its 2011 reissue.
But here’s the thing about Operation Doomsday: It’s a hip-hop classic. Those who don’t have it, need it. The record keeps selling out, and they keep making more. Just like The Beatles, if the Beatles came to destroy rap.
Chicago-born, Wisconsin-raised rapper, producer, and label runner Rory Ferreira is an artist with an insatiable appetite. Dropping surprise projects under multiple names, an erudite stream-of-conscious flow defines his music. Best known by the moniker of Milo, Ferreira also makes spoken word hip-hop atop crackling production under the name of Scallops Hotel. A self-described citadel of self-sufficiency where Ferreira produces and demos, Scallops Hotel is rife with references to historic, literally, and philosophical figures. His most recent release, 2018’s Sovereign Nose Of Your Arrogant Face follows suit. Whether it be under Scallops Hotel or Milo, Ferreira makes the perfect music to study too, and you may just find yourself learning a thing or two.
Born in London to a Trinidadian mother and a Zimbabwean father, Dumile and his family moved to Long Island, New York when he was a child. He co-founded K.M.D. with his younger brother, DJ Sub-Roc, in 1988, and the group made their recorded debut on “The Gas Face,” the hit single by hip-hop trio 3rd Bass. K.M.D. signed to Elektra Records, who released the group’s first full-length, Mr. Hood, in 1991. Part of a short-lived trend of Islamic Five Percent Nation hip-hop outings, along with efforts by groups like Poor Righteous Teachers and K.M.D.’s labelmates Brand Nubian, the album was a minor success, helped by MTV and BET airplay of its singles. However, Sub-Roc was fatally injured in 1993 when he was struck by a car, and Elektra canceled the release of K.M.D.’s follow-up, the even more serious and militant Bl_ck B_st_rds, an album whose cover art alone (featuring a Little Black Sambo-ish cartoon character being hanged) spelled the end of the group’s contract.
One of two albums MF DOOM dropped in 2003, one as King Geedorah, and this one as Viktor Vaughn. Both are great (slept on) albums, but different as well. King Geedorah’s Take Me To Your Leader is tight and dope as hell, but could have done a few lesser guest spots. Viktor Vaughn’s Vaudeville Villain features more rhyming by DOOM himself.
Born in London to a Trinidadian mother and a Zimbabwean father, Dumile and his family moved to Long Island, New York when he was a child. He co-founded K.M.D. with his younger brother, DJ Sub-Roc, in 1988, and the group made their recorded debut on “The Gas Face,” the hit single by hip-hop trio 3rd Bass K.M.D. signed to Elektra Records , who released the group’s first full-length, Mr. Hood, in 1991. Part of a short-lived trend of Islamic Five Percent Nation hip-hop outings, along with efforts by groups like Poor Righteous Teachers and K.M.D. ‘s labelmates Brand Nubian , the album was a minor success, helped by MTV and BET airplay of its singles. However, Sub-Roc was fatally injured in 1993 when he was struck by a car, and Elektra canceled the release of K.M.D. ‘s follow-up, the even more serious and militant Bl_ck B_st_rds, an album whose cover art alone (featuring a Little Black Sambo-ish cartoon character being hanged) spelled the end of the group’s contract.
Bishop Nehru is a young legend in the making. The protégé of rap mastermind MF DOOM, Nehru first started making jazz tracks and hip-hop instrumentals at the age of 13. By the age of 16, he released his debut mixtape Nehruvia, which featured production from hip-icons DJ Premier, Madlib, and MF DOOM himself. The following year would see him link up with mentor for a joint project under the name of NehruvianDOOM. Since his earliest releases, Nehru has continued to polish his already pristine craft, such as on 2018′s Elevators: Act I & II. Paying respect to hip-hop skits of the golden era of rap, flowing equally effortlessly over fuzzy jazz tracks and Kanye West rants, Nehru belongs as much to the golden era as he does the era to come.
Demo recording locations for KMD’s second album, which would be known as Black Bastards, included multiple spots: 4-track demos at home; MPC tryouts on the road; and hip-hop hotspots like Chung King and Calliope in Manhattan. Clearly the location wasn’t important, and inspiration came from just about everywhere. Sometimes we would just start recording in a big studio, staying in there all day. Music would just come to us, chilling and digging in the crates,” Doom says.
Mr. Hood came out in 1991 and featured three singles: Peachfuzz,” Nitty Gritty ,” and Who Me? ”—album artwork and single covers showed a cartoon Sambo image, drawn by Doom. It was a startling and evocative graphic, and it would come back to haunt him less than three years 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.
I gave it to Starks without the drums, and he’s one of those rappers that can just spit over it without hearing drums. Certain niggas is nice like that. So the first version is actually unfinished because I didn’t get to put the drums on it laughs. So I just released this version as the album version”. People tend to lean toward the first version because that’s the first one they heard and they’re used to it. I hear people be like why’d he changed it?” but they don’t realize that it was just a sketch that they happen to catch a glimpse of.
Animator Dustooned created a video for Gas Drawls,” taking inspiration from Doom’s album artwork, including much of Jason Jason illustrations for MM Food and the Metalface version of Operation Doomsday. The animation was created independently, and got the Doom stamp of approval just last week.
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.
Well I have to get on them for that laughs! Naw, I’m just DOOM for this album and who knows whatever albums after. This record is DOOM’s most personal record. This is where you get to the center of this character, so I decided to drop the MF for this album only. I didn’t think it’d be a big deal or nothing. Then everyone’s asking me why I changed my name laughs. After Operation Doomsday and MM… Food, I don’t think DOOM would call himself MF DOOM anymore. He just says DOOM when referring to himself. It’s like if I’m talking to you and after knowing you for a while, I might start calling you Dave instead of your full name. It’s kinda like that. This is more personal because we’ve experience the character for a while now. I just wanted to switch up the presentation.
Hip-hop is so saturated with the same old same old that people always expect the guy to actually be the guy. They want you to be real and straight from the streets and all that. I make hip-hop, but use DOOM as a character to convey stories that a normal dude can’t. You have writers that write about crazy characters but that doesn’t mean the writer himself is crazy. DOOM is evil, let’s not forget that, but that doesn’t mean I’m evil laughs.
Keller agrees that the album was almost completed when Subroc died, and mentions that Doom was—understandably—in bad shape for some time afterwards, occasionally calling him or stopping by to borrow money, recording equipment or even pillows and bedding for his siblings. He was trippin’ for a little while,” Keller says.
In 2003, Dumile released the King Geedorah album Take Me to Your Leader. Geedorah is credited as producer (also, in this context: beat-maker), but only appears as an MC on four tracks. The majority of vocal tracks feature guest MCs, and the album features several instrumental montages of sampled vocals from old movies and TV shows—a technique employed on most of Dumile’s albums. Both Venomous Villain and Take Me to Your Leader feature appearances by MF DOOM.