The legendary MF DOOM’s (Daniel Dumile) work can be found under a plethora of monikers but his style is unmistakable. Through his unique blend of hip-hop and nerd culture, husky flow, and indelible, off-kilter rhymes DOOM has built an enduring, broadly loved and influential legacy. On episode 33 we take a deep dive into the super villain’s catalog, starting with early KMD years as Zev Love X. After being abandoned by the music industry, he returned to the scene with revenge on the mind, dawning a metal mask and spitting with a new ferocity. The result was a string of several classic albums culminating in a gold standard of underground hip-hop in Madvillainy. Since then, MF DOOM’s output has become more sporadic, but while he may not do exactly what we want, he’s the super villain we deserve.

 

1. 3rd Bass – “The Gas Face” from The Cactus Album

2. KMD – “Who Me?” from Mr. Hood

3. KMD – “Black Bastards!” from Black Bastards

4. MF DOOM – “?” (feat. Kurious) from Operation: Doomsday

5. King Geedorah – “Anti-Matter” (feat. Mr. Fantastik) from Take Me to Your Leader

6. Viktor Vaughn – “Let Me Watch” (feat. Apani B) from Vaudeville Villain

7. Viktor Vaughn – “Fall Back-Titty Fat” from Venomous Villain

8. MF DOOM – “Hoe Cakes” from MM.. FOOD

9. Madvillain – “Accordion” from Madvillainy

10. Madvillain – “ALL CAPS” from Madvillainy

11. Danger Doom – “Sofa King” from The Mouse & the Mask

12. DOOM – “That’s That” from Born Like This

13. JJ DOOM – “Gov’nor” from Key to the Kuffs

14. DOOMSTARKS – “Victory Laps” (Madvillainz Remix) from Victory Laps EP

15. DOOM – “Notebook 3” from The Missing Notebook Rhymes

16. Czarface & MF DOOM – “Nautical Depth” from Czarface Meets Metal Face

 

Companion Material

3rd Base – “The Gas Face” Music Video with Zev Love X

The Story of Little Black Sambo

Special Herbs Guide

Real MF DOOM Replaces Imposter

 

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One comment on “Ep. #33 – MF DOOM

  1. One of our excellent listeners, Andrew, reached out to fill in some details that we missed on this episode. We thought it was some very interesting stuff so wanted to share that here. Here’s an excerpt from his message:

    “Early on, you mention that the members of KMD were “black muslims”, which is sort of true, but they weren’t mainstream Muslims, nor did they belong to the Nation of Islam or the Nation of Gods and Earths (Five Percenters) like a lot of other rappers did at the time. KMD were followers of Dwight York, leader of the Nuwaubian Nation, who is currently serving 135 years for multiple RICO and child molestation charges.

    At the time of Mr Hood, the NN was called the Ansaru Allah Community (it went through quite a few changes) and is mentioned on the back cover. The AAC was (pseudo-)Islamic in focus, but changed soon after. KMD mention York and are seen selling scrolls and Ansar paraphernalia in the ‘Peachfuzz’ video and DOOM and Subroc are wearing the cult’s garb on the back of Operation Doomsday.

    Anyway, it’s an interesting and crazy part of his story and DOOM’s use of Ansar/Nuwaubian references like “Sound Right Reasoning” and ‘El Kulum’ as late as ‘Great Day’ on the Madvillain album and ‘Cellz’ on Born Like This shows he still followed York’s teaching, at least to some extent. Also, the Nuwaubians moved their base to Putnam County, Georgia near Atlanta in the 1990s. That might be why DOOM was down there.

    The other thing is about the artist KEO, who you mentioned not knowing much about. KEO is Blake Lethem, brother of famous author Jonathan Lethem. As well as the mask, he designed the cover of Operation Doomsday and was also a rapper and nearly in 3rd Bass.”

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