January 12th, 2021 // Writer: Shane Allen // Music
To end off such a terrible year, nature gave us one last souvenir to remember it by, the passing of the greats, MF DOOM.
Rest in Power Daniel Dumile.
MF DOOM was "your favorite rapper’s, favorite rapper" also quite possibly your favorite rapper as well.. He was one of the most truly unique artists of the genre, He paved a path for himself that set a president and has influenced some of today's most gifted rappers. Whether its comic book style production, the mask he wears, or cleverly abstract rhymes, DOOM always let you know that it was okay to be doing something different.
DOOM was a character, quite literally. Basing his whole aesthetic off of the comic book villain Doctor Doom, from the Marvel Universe created by Stan Lee. Every song DOOM made was written in the perspective of a Supervillain*
A killer who loves children,
One who is well-skilled in destruction, as well as building”
Those are Lyrics from Doomday, the first song off of his first album Operation Doomsday. He comes through and sets the landscape. This is who I am, this is what I am trying to do, and this is how I’m going to do it.
On Doomsday!, ever since the womb ‘til I'm back where my brother went, that's what my tomb will say,
Right above my government; Dumile
Either unmarked or engraved, hey, who's to say?
Doom lost his brother Subroc in a car crash in 1993, his brother was also his partner in the rap group they were in KMD. The group caught some buzz and made a couple of albums until the untimely death of Subroc. This caused DOOM, then known as Zev Love X, to go into hiding where he formulated his next moves, reemerging as MF DOOM with Operation Doomsday in 1999.
I say this not to be mean, wish bad luck or pop junk
He’s saying he wrote the song in jail, specifically the bottom bunk of cell 17 in O-section. I love these lyrics because you can clearly picture the backstory. I can see him in the jail cell, looking back at his misfortune and possibly bad decision making. At the same time using is as fuel and ammunition for formulation his next moves.
"Krazy World" - King Geedorah, Take Me to You Leader.
The rapper actually had multiple aliases in which he would release music under. The most known other two are Victor Vaugn, a young street kid ready to pop off at whatever and King Geedorah, an alien come to earth to observe human nature.
This song definitely is great example of DOOM’s amazing talent at digging for samples and creating moods that dont exist elsewhere. The sample comes from the original Twin Peaks theme.
“Krazy world, get it where you fit in
Choose how to roll, the dough there for the picking
Switch up—you’re stuck, telegraphing how you’re living
On a lot of DOOMS records, it’s totally possible that he’ll have someone else sing or rap the whole song with him on production. This is a great example of that and how having someone else you’re not familiar your with will hit harder than you thought. It’s like movies that don’t use stars, it removes an element of separation between you and what your consuming.
But when he wasn't DOOM, he always wore a mask, we still don’t know what he looks like. We only have the pictures from when he was in the group KMD that had some buzz going in the 90’s.
The reasoning of the mask is not only to hide his identity, but to tell you to focus on the music. It doesn’t matter what he looks like, its not important who he is in his normal life, it's all about the music and nothing else.
He mentions that rap is usually about everything but the actual music, The fame, the money, the women, he wants to make sure that the focus is not on the material aspect of rap and focus on strictly making the lyrics and the production the best most authentic possible. It feels more real, more human, you can connect in ways that you cant with other rappers. It's kinda hard to relate to someone if all they’re talking about is how much more rich they are than you.