Scion (aka Toyota’s youth brand) is sponsoring Hot Sugar’s Midi Murder. BET sponsored the Kendrick Lamar led TDE tour last month. So by now you should know, corporations are back on the investment wagon when it comes to hip hop. Nevertheless I was taken aback to see this interview of Doom by Adidas, let alone the footage that he gave them of him bombing this random wall in London. Dude used to be media shy, now cats be selling their personal day to days for a lifetime of free gear. Mask makers beware, Doom is evolving. Oh and that random wall is not so random, it’s actually the SAW (Shoreditch Art Wall), read more about London’s artistic murals at http://www.londonartwall.com.
MF Doom, I mean JJ Doom just dropped this video. If I have to explain why it’s post-worthy you probably have $300 dollars saved up for the new Lebron’s and already purchased your A$AP Mob Tour tickets. The collaborative effort with alternative hip hop artist Jneiro Jarel is the first video off their Keys To The Kuffs album. For the record, Doom is not a fan of actually appearing in his videos, I suppose this video is a testament to the commitment he has to marketing this project. A motivated MetalFace? Look out world!
Keys To The Kuffs is out now on Lex. Stream it here.
Masked men compel intrigue and MF Doom has done exactly that his entire career. The mask is synonymous with his well storied career and yet so little is known about it. Well, I’ve wondered, and now I know, the man behind the mask is Blake Lethem who worked with the Villain to design his first and second disguises.
This video interview with the Brooklyn based designer delves into the origins of the masqurade, and is a part of Frank151′s DOOM book.
Doom Tidbits for idiots
The “MF” stands for Metal Face
Throughout his career he has been accused of not showing up at his own shows, sending a double (his brother) as a stand-in
Went by the alias King Geedorah, a three-headed golden dragon space monster, modeled after King Ghidorah, the Toho movie monster who was a three-headed dragon that often battled Godzilla
Neneh Cherry, a name from the past ready to go from zero to blast (again). Her mother married American jazz great, Don Cherry, hence her half siblinghood with Eagle-Eye Cherry, the Cherries are an artistic family to say the very least. Her storied career had her heading several bands and landing a blockbuster single in 1988 titled “Buffalo Stance“. This month she released an album featuring primarily cover songs, in collaboration with Scandinavian jazz trio The Thing, who had derived their name from a track by her father. One such cover is this MF Doom gem from Madvillainy.
Catch the rest of the album on NPR as a part of their First Listen series. This album screams NPR/KCRW love, white people sipping coffee reminiscing about music in the 80′s and questions about who MF Doom really is.
Dope pictures taken of Doom’s [yes, it's him, spot that shabby beard a mile away] DJ set at the Roc Raida tribute thrown by La Rafinerie at La Bellevilloise. The idea was a listening session of his beats, occasionally hosting on the mic. Doom was billed under his producer name Metal Fingers. Hit the jump for more MF pictures. Check that bottle of French red he’s chugging from, c’est genial!
MF Doom is the prototypical polarizing artist. His subjectively complex sound leaves fans either in love with Doom or incapable of listening to an entire track. For those that appreciate the British export, you should be made aware that Gold Dust Media are preparing a DOOM B-Sides and collaborations album entitled “Unexpected Guests”, set for release in November 2009. The compilation was sequenced by Metal Fingers himself, so unlike that Lil Kim tape, this is official. Even though MF Doom just dropped his album “Born Like This” earlier this year, Doom beats the path again and this will serve to be a great education tool for cats that slept on Doom since the 80′s. Peep the promotional trailer (below) and the press release with track list (after the jump).
What with the recession and inevitable money troubles, lots of people seem to be short on sleep these days. Well, you and the final letter of the alphabet shall soon be reunited, as Mos Def has opened his mouth and is apparently a fan of Doom and has posted a whole video telling us why. I’m watching it now and if you want to know what I think I telzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (8 hours later) it’s morning now, I’m going to have some Captain Crunch while I watch cartoons.
Apparently Doom has been crashing on a couch in the front room of Shaolin temple(perhaps it’s the same one often utilized by sometimes Wu-member Cappadonna, when he isn’t whipping a cab). He began by working alongside the enigmatic Ghost and before you know it, he’s laying down a track alongside Wu Tang Clan’s chef, Raekwon. Scope out “Yessir.”
“Run these streets like a renegade, get that guap ’til the rent is paid”
That’s perhaps my favorite rhyme, so far, for still-adolescent 2009. Think about this: both of these cats have a knack for hiding their faces, both have action figures, both have dropped parts pf their monikers (Ghostface has dropped “Killah” and Doom has recently dropped “MF”) and both of these rappers stir their rhymes with extra what-the-fuck-are-you-talking-about sauce; it was only a matter of time before they became BFFs. This collab’ has been hyped for a while. Here’s a little taste: