DOOM: The Message Behind The Mask
The most villainous rapper around breaks down the message behind the mask, and why good things come to those who wait. Doomsday!
Question: How do you manage to become the greatest, most heatedly debated enigma your genre has brought forth in years, and still don’t need no introduction? Being DOOM. That’s how. A prolific MC with a decades-long history of innovative wordplay, DOOM (AKA MF Doom, King Geedorah, Zev Love X, and Viktor Vaughn) ranks as one of hip-hop’s few true crossover stars, earning fans as diverse as the New York Times, Mos Def and Thom Yorke. Besides his skill-laden aura, impressive body of work and rhetorics, the most villainous Metalface has been through all ups and downs a life in music could possibly offer. Born in London and raised in Long Island, young Daniel Dumile named himself Zev Love X and founded legendary KMD with his brother DJ Subroc and MC Rodan (who got replaced by Onyx The Birthstone Kid soon after). With appearances on 3rd Bass’s Gasface, a classic album debut and a controversial second ready for release, KMD had already left an impressive mark on the hip-hop map when tragedy struck and DOOM’s brother was killed in a car accident. Suffering from the loss, DOOM retreated from music for four years, before returning with a new stage persona and trademark style on Bobbito’s Fondle ‘Em imprint. While the MF Doom moniker was reserved for sample-based supervillain tunes, Dumile came up with different names and projects such as Viktor Vaughn or King Geedorah as a playground for his love of leftfield hip-hop and beat culture. The years to come had him team up with Dangermouse, Ghostface Killah, and, most prominently, Madlib. With DOOM’s hypnotic stream of consciousness imagery on Madlib’s bulky beat sketches, Madvillainy turned out Stones Throw’s most unlikely best-selling album ever.