DOOM The Metal Fingered Villain

Thesis

MF DOOM was an exceptional rapper who has inspired many great rappers of the modern era. His unique thoughts and creative collaborations have deemed him the name “your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.” When he passed, he left a big hole to fill in the rap world and will go down as the greatest underground rapper to date. Daniel Dumile is rap’s greatest villian.

Artist History

Daniel Dumile was born in London to a Trinidadian mother and a Zimbabwean father, and his family relocated to Long Island, New York when he was a kid. Growing up on Long Island, Dumile divided his time between music and comic books and video games. Music increasingly took center stage, aided by his brother DJ Subroc, with rapping and producing becoming more than just a passion. By 1988, they had created Kausing Much Damage, abbreviated as KMD.

Professional Career

Early

Following a cameo appearance on 3rd Bass’ “The Gas Face,” KMD was signed by A&R Dante Ross and released their debut album Mr. Hood in 1991. The album focused heavily on Black American themes, addressing religion and racism while countering the subject matter with Sesame Street samples. However, they took a sharp turn away from their cheery debut with Black Bastards, a project that was quickly abandoned by Elektra Records due to the title and cover artwork being deemed too contentious. Shortly after, the group was dropped by the label. Black Bastards did ultimately make it to release years later in 2000, when intense bootlegging of the LP gained KMD cult status, but Dumile as his alter ego Zev Love X fell off the music radar totally.

Middle

Dumile re-emerged in the end of 1997, performing under a variety of disguises at open mic nights in New York, such as Nuyorican Poets Café. But it was an old metal prop mask that became synonymous with his debut full-length record, Operation: Doomsday, released in 1999 by independent label Fondle ‘Em Records under the pseudonym MF DOOM. DOOM kept his devotees on their toes after achieving cult status with Operation Doomsday, operating prolifically under a slew of other aliases. Under the identity Viktor Vaughn, he partnered with a plethora of producers, including RJD2, to release Vaudeville Villain in 2003.

Late

Madlib’s collaboration with DOOM on Madvillainy resulted in one of hip-most hop’s accomplished albums. Stones Throw’s much-anticipated final product, released in 2004, mutually exposed both to a bigger rap audience while also being passionately hailed across the board by mainstream music magazines. Since its origins on Operation Doomsday, the MF DOOM character has made a triumphant return with the Rhymesayers’ release of MM…Food in 2004. While it wasn’t as well received by reviewers as Madvillainy, fans hailed MM…Food for its lyrical depth and a more lighthearted DOOM, as well as bringing back his long missed production with standout tracks like “Hoe Cakes” and “Rapp Snitch Knishes.” DOOM released two additional albums under other names between 2005 and 2009.

Contemporaries

Some of MF DOOM’s contemporaries include artists like

  • Ghostface Killah
  • Czarface
  • Danger Mouse
  • Mad Lib
  • J Dilla

Awards

  • In 2018 MF DOOM won an award for Favorite rap and HipHop Albums for his dual album Czarface Meets Metal Face
  • He also was Memorialized at the 2021 grammys

Disography

  
Year
AlbumLabel 
 Operation: Doomsday1999Operation: Doomsday Sub Verse Music
 
 
 
 Vaudeville Villain2003Vaudeville Villain Traffic Entertainment Group / Sound Ink / Sound-Ink
 
 
 
 Special Herbs + Spices, Vol. 12004   Special Herbs + Spices, Vol. 1 Day by Day   
 Mm..Food2004     Mm..Food Rhymesayers Entertainment
 
 
 
 Live from Planet X2005Live from Planet X Nature Sounds
 
 
 
 Born Like This2009Born Like This Lex
 
 
 
 Expektoration (Live)2010       Expektoration (Live) Gold Dust Media
 
 
 
 Czarface Meets Metal Face2018Czarface Meets Metal Face              Silver Age
 
 
 
 Super What?2021Super What?             Silver Age
 
 

Conclusion

MF DOOM was an exceptional artist who had a foothold in underground music. His creative flow and unique ideas shaped him to him infamous villainous role that he has today, and without him we wouldn’t have the current rap scene. He will always be known as your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.

Works Cited

“Amoeba Music.” MF Doom – Biography – Amoeba Music, https://www.amoeba.com/mf-doom/artist/63917/bio.

 

“The Evolution of Mf Doom.” VICE, https://www.vice.com/en/article/rkgbmr/the-evolution-of-mf-doom-1.

 

“Mf Doom Biography, Songs, & Albums.” AllMusic, https://www.allmusic.com/artist/mf-doom-mn0000220563/biography?1632697891297.

 

“Mf Doom.” Discogs, https://www.discogs.com/artist/25058-MF-Doom.

 

Nice, Pete. “The Unknowable Mf Doom.” Vulture, 28 Jan. 2021, https://www.vulture.com/article/mf-doom-wake.html.

 

Sayles, Justin. “Mf Doom and the Mask That Left Hip-Hop Forever Changed.” The Ringer, The Ringer, 1 Jan. 2021, https://www.theringer.com/2021/1/1/22209728/mf-doom-daniel-dumile-obituary.