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Madvillain – Blunted on Beats – Wax Poetics #8, 2004

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This is a portion of the Madvillain interview conducted by Eothen Alapatt for Wax Poetics #8, just as Madvillainy was on its way out, with an introduction by Wax Poetics editor Brian DiGenti. The interview and photos were done at the Stones Throw house in Los Angeles, where much of the album was recorded. Photos by B+. For the entire article, grab Wax Poetics #8 if you can find it, or check

In a moment of clarity, Jay-Z might wanna rhyme like Common Sense, but nobody, even with generous charity, can rhyme quite like wordplayer MF DOOM, né Zev Love X. Like Nas and “Live at the BBQ,” every great MC has a celebrated debut, and Zev Love represents on 3rd Bass’s “The Gas Face,” 1989. (more…)


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Includes new Doom & Paul Barman tracks, JJ Doom remix.

01 RE: (No Subject) – Paul Barman
02 Banished [King Geedorah remix] – JJ DOOM
03 Red & Gold – MF DOOM
04 The Glock – Lil Vicious
05 9 Milli Bros [ft. Wu Tang Clan] – Ghostface Killah
06 Fresh Cutz [ft. Hassan Chop]
07 Ray Gun [ft. MF DOOM] – BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah
08 New York, New York – Starship Orchestra
09 Snake Charmer Freestyle [ft. Kurious Jorge]
10 Between Villains – Captain Murphy ft. Viktor Vaughn & Earl Sweatshirt
11 MIC Line – Monster Island Czars
12 Deep Fried Frenz – MF DOOM
13 Frankie Sinatra – The Avalanches
14 Impending DOOM – MF DOOM & Daedelus
15 November Has Come – Gorillaz
16 In The Streets [ft. MF DOOM & BJ the Chicago Kid] – Busta Rhymes
17 Change The Beat – MF DOOM
18 Highs & Lows [ft. MF DOOM & Phonte] – PRhyme
19 Hook is Extra – MF DOOM

MF DOOM – Operation Doomsday – Red & Black Vinyl

MF DOOM — July 25, 2016 | Comments (4)


Update: 1,000 pieces of each, now SOLD OUT

If you are one of the few who have known about MF DOOM’s debut album since the year it first dropped, you’ll know there’s been a few versions of the album to come out. There’s been bonus tracks, bootlegs, CDs, tapes, and even a lunch box edition.

But here’s the thing about Operation Doomsday: It’s a hip-hop classic. Those who don’t have it, need it. The record keeps selling out, and they keep making more. Just like The Beatles, if the Beatles came to destroy rap.

The album originally came out in ’99 on Fondle ‘Em Records. In 2011, Doom’s own label Metalface Records began officially reissuing the album. In that year, a new cover was made, featuring art and design by Jason Jagel & Jeff Jank, who also handled Doom’s MM FOOD. Both editions of Doomsday are now being released on vinyl, each with 2/LP red & black vinyl, and a 18 x 24-inch poster.

“Gas Drawls” video: Animator Dustooned created a video for “Gas Drawls,” taking inspiration from Doom’s album artwork, including much of Jason Jason illustrations for MM Food and the Metalface version of Operation Doomsday. The animation was created independently, and got the Doom stamp of approval just last week.

MF DOOM – Gas Drawls animated video

Animator Dustooned created a video for “Gas Drawls,” taking inspiration from Doom’s album artwork, including much of Jason Jason illustrations for MM Food and the Metalface version of Operation Doomsday. The animation was created independently, and got the Doom stamp of approval just last week.

A new version of Operation Doomsday, with red & black vinyl and a poster, is being released by Metalface Records this week.


MF DOOM — September 14, 2015 | Comments (9)

Hey Adult Swim, thanks for making this new Doomstarks joint happen.

KMD – Black Bastards – Deluxe Vinyl

MF DOOM — August 14, 2015 | Comments (9)


Picture disc, Red Vinyl, Pop-up Gatefold Sleeve, 32p Booklet.

MF DOOM’s first group and their controversial sophomore release Black Bastards (Bl_ck B_st_rds) is being reissued by DOOM’s own Metalface Records imprint on vinyl.

This includes a popup gatefold sleeve, 32p. booklet with liner notes, and two 12-inch records – one picture disc with the group’s iconic “sambo” mascot, and one red vinyl.

In Brian Coleman’s recent book Check the Technique, he wrote extensively about the album and it’s critical role in shaping the persona of MF DOOM: “There are few releases in hip-hop history with as much mystery behind them as KMD’s second full-length, Black Bastards. The album, whose cover boldly depicted a cartoon ‘Sambo’ being hanged, didn’t even receive the insult of being shelved or pushed back by Elektra Records upon its completion in 1994. Instead, it was outright refused, with very little above-board explanation as to the reason, or even much of an apology, as they ushered the group’s leader out the door.”


Below: early 90s photo of Zev Love X (Photo by Pete Nice)

The 2015 “Record Store Day” Edition was in the form of a children’s popup book with 2 CDs and a 7-inch single – NOW SOLD OUT.

Rest in Peace Sean P

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Hoe Cakes: EXTRA DOOM. Jagel Jagel x MF DOOM

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Signed and numbered edition of 40: archival pigment prints of Hoe Cakes. Each piece has hand-painted elements along the top, bottom and side of the print, including an ‘extra doom’ character placed at the bottom. The print measures a generous 14.75″ x 12.75″ and is printed at Gallery 16 in San Francisco on luxurious 100% cotton rag with the brightest colors possible.

Here’s a video clip of all 40 prints.

This edition of 40 was made for the “Doomsday Show” at Rappcats, June 2015. 28 were sold on location at the show. The original Hoe Cakes print (without the extra painting) was an edition of 180. They are now sold out.

THE DOOMSDAY SHOW at Rappcats, Los Angeles, June 20, 2015

MF DOOM — June 15, 2015 | Comments (17)

One day only. Saturday, June 20, 2015. Noon-8 PM.
Rappcats. 5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042.

Paintings and prints by Jason Jagel. We’ll have prints for sale, 40 “Extra Doom” hand-embellished Hoecakes prints.

Czarface & DOOM. “Ka-Bang!”

MF DOOM — June 5, 2015 | Comments (9)

Here’s some new shit from the villain with Deck, 7L & Esoteric.


MF DOOM, mos def — April 4, 2015 | Comments (30)

Mos Def (Yassin Bey) covers Doom: Rainbows, Beef Rap, Strange Ways, Accordion, Curls, All Caps, Mayo Clinic (over J Dilla’s beat for Oh No’s “Move Pt. 2”). Filmed last May at Fort d’Aubervilliers by Samuel Thiebaut, edited by Antoine Kerninon, produced by Culturebox.


MF DOOM — March 12, 2015 | Comments (12)

This is a video & audio mix that has played as an opening for MF DOOM shows in Europe. Put together by Sims, Mass & Alan the G of French collective Now Futur, it’s plays tribute to much of Doom’s source material, flipping his beats and recreating them using original samples and videos.

Thanks again to Mr Mass, the man with the camera: Doom, Madlib, J Rocc & Gibbs turn a Newport Light to a joint right before your eyes | DOOM in Lyon

Ghostface and DOOM reunite for “Ray Gun” by BADBADNOTGOOD

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HOE CAKES (Art Print) Jason J

MF DOOM — November 28, 2014 | Comments (6)


10th anniversary of MF DOOM’s MM FOOD album and Hoe Cakes single. 14.75″ x 12.75″ Print on cotton rag, numbered and signed in an edition of 180.

The year was 2004. DOOM & Madlib’s Madvillainy had just been released and the album was enjoying a glow of critical success. Scores of new people were discovering, debating, and being dumbfounded by DOOM’s brilliant wordplay, and his long time underground fan base were all making their voices heard, and there were more of them than perhaps even DOOM knew about. These people – those among us who knew DOOM from the days of KMD and Operation Doomsday – they had already been living on bootleg copies of Madvillainy for a year, and wanted his new solo album, MM FOOD, which he’d been publicly hinting at for years.

I became the art director on MM FOOD when DOOM called me up one afternoon with a problem. He had an album cover that the label (Rhymesayers) didn’t want, and a second one that he didn’t want, and no money to spend on a third album cover, because all the budget had been spent on the first two. After agreeing to work for no more than a few bucks and a “good lookin’ out,” I called Jason Jagel, a painter in San Francisco. Even before I was through asking Jason if he’d split ten bucks with me to work on the FOOD album, I had the feeling he was already sketching out ideas.

Jason knocked out the MM FOOD painting in a matter of a couple sleepless days, and then we were asked for a back cover, and then a sleeve for the 12-inch single, Hoe Cakes b/w Potholders. This one, which we see here, is my favorite because it’s deceptively simple, full of the same in-jokes and hidden references that characterize the music – the Adidas stripes on the “shoe fly pie,” the box of bling cherries, the superhero comic reference of the city in a bottle. Next too Doom is Count Bass D, who is featured on “Potholders.”

— Jeff Jank

Madlib Doom 2014

Madlib, MF DOOM — October 8, 2014 | Comments (16)

Probably the first time these two have been photographed together in a while. Madlib is on the cover of the latest issue of Bonafide. Doom showed up while he did the interview. Photos: Jimmy Mould for Bonafide.

Watch teenage MF DOOM speak on behalf of Rock the Vote in the Senate, 1991

MF DOOM — September 27, 2014 | Comments (14)

Registering to vote in the U.S. is easy. You have many options. voteplz, which has a nice voting guide,, the official government site,, which works via SMS,, or

The idea behind Rock the Vote was simple: get young people to vote for politicians who wouldn’t censor music.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, facing a wave of music censorship that included Parental Advisory stickers on records to the arrest of rap performers in Florida, political operative Steve Barr and Virgin Records exec Jeff Ayeroff launched Rock The Vote.

The organized movement behind Rock the Vote focused on the “Motor Voter” bill, which would allow people to register to vote at the DMV when they got a driver’s license, and to register by mail. In short, they wanted to encourage young people to engage in the voting process by making registration easy and welcoming.

After a successful petition drive in 1992 (with help from REM), the Motor Voter bill passed Congress, only to be vetoed by president George H.W. Bush. Bush’s opponent in that election year, Bill Clinton, took up the cause of the Motor Voter bill, and signed it into law when he became president as the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

Here is video from committee hearing for the National Noter Registration Act in congress, April 17, 1991, showing 19-year old MF DOOM (Zev Love X) with his partner Onyx from the group KMD. They’re sitting with Rock the Vote co-founder Steve Barr, speaking to Sen. Wendell Ford of Kentucky.



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MF DOOM’s OPERATION DOOMSDAY, independently produced and released, stripped down hip-hop in all it’s glory, came out on Bobbito’s Fondle ‘Em label in 1999, cementing the MC’s return to the scene after his early years in the group KMD.

As the story and legend goes, he’d been chewed up and spit out of the major label system, lost his brother and musical partner Subroc, he’d disappeared, he’d returned to the stage with a rocking a mask and obscured identity.

In under two years, OPERATION DOOMSDAY was already reissued on another label with an altered track list. During the time we started working with DOOM on the Madvillain record, DOOMSDAY went out of print, got bootlegged, and somewhere along the way emerged as a hip-hop classic.

DOOM’s own imprint Metalface Records finally re-issued the definitive version of the remastered album in 2011 – a CD (in a lunch box) and metal-covered 4LP set was released.

Rappcats is proud to present Metalface’s cassette edition of OPERATION DOOMSDAY, a metal box set containing two cassettes – tape 1, the original album and original cover by Lord Scotch 79 (Blake “KEO” Lethem) on the first tape; tape 2, the instrumentals, b-sides and alternate versions, along with the 2011 album cover by Jason Jagel.

42 tracks total, weighing 2LB, limited to 1200 pieces. Official Metalface Records release.

Video: Lord Scotch 79 (Blake “KEO” Lethem) talks about the creation of the MF DOOM mask at the time of OPERATION DOOMSDAY’s release in the late 1990s.

Last night in London…

Egon, Madlib, MF DOOM — November 5, 2013 | Comments (6)

Last night we announced a last-minute Madlib show in London at Dance Tunnel.

With support from One Handed Music’s Paul White, Mr Beatnick, Radio 1?s Benji B, and Now-Again’s Egon, an hour before the doors opened the queue stretched half-way down Kingsland Road. Those who did get in were treated by two impressive special guests: Madlib collaborator MF DOOM, and another collaborator of yet-to-be-released works, Mos Def. (Sorry. We’re suppose to call him Yasiin Bey.)

You can watch a Vine of Mos Def spitting over Madlib below, courtesy of Mr. Beatnick. Thanks also to Fact Mag for shouting out the show.

Captain Murphy, Earl, Viktor Vaughn & Thundercat – Between Villains

MF DOOM — August 16, 2013 | Comments (32)

aka Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt, MF DOOM & Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner. “Between Villains” is the latest from Adult Swim’s Summer Singles series. It will be available for download next monday on

Previously in the series: Madlib, Freddie Gibbs & Karriem Riggins – “City”


MF DOOM — June 19, 2013 | Comments (8)

JJ DOOM is MF DOOM and producer Jneiro Jarel. Video directed by Steve Powers aka ESPO. Shot in London, the NY native Powers debuts an alt DOOM mask and explores his and DOOM’s response to modern surveillance.

Adult Swim Singles 2013 with Madlib, DOOM, Capt Murphy, Freddie Gibbs, Karriem Riggins

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib, MF DOOM — June 10, 2013 | Comments (6)

As they’ve done since 2010, the friends at Adult Swim are rolling out a compilation of previously unreleased music with its Summer Singles Program. Singles will include a new Madlib, Freddie Gibbs & Karriem Riggins collaboration as well as Captain Murphy & MF DOOM collab.

The series kicks off with El P & Killer Mike. Get at it: Adult Swim Singles 2013

London, June 13: DOOM at Fabric with Jneiro Jarel and Kutmah Get Tickets

Photos – MF DOOM in Lyon by Mr Mass

MF DOOM — April 10, 2013 | Comments (12)

DOOM rocked Lyon France last week at L’Original. Mr. Mass was there to capture the images.

The Report: I’ve been a DOOM fan forever (and a DOOM-friend as well) I was supposed to go to this festival to do a No(w)FUTUR happening with DJ SimSima but the promoter never called back. He just disappeared so there was no way I was getting there, spending money to travel my way to some corny festival with a promoter that don’t take my calls. But then DOOM–who’s famous for not showing up or sending robots in his place–missed his plane and went by train instead. So I got a call from MC*5 to pick him up in Paris (since we’re among the few to know his real identity/face) and put him on a train to Lyon. I ended up travelling with him and having lots of fun. The show started at 1 o’clock; no lights on–or mostly dark lights–and a huge screen showing a DOOM video while he does his villain routine. The show went great and the crowd was happy, but the best part is seeing all those kids that know every word of every song. By rights DOOM should be more related-to by 40-something people like me but no; there is still so much fascination about his mask and whether it’s him or not. He was like Daft Punk before Daft Punk, I guess…

Bring King Geedorah back to life

MF DOOM — February 20, 2013 | Comments (16)

During the London riots of 2011, a three-story warehouse was burned to the ground, containing the vinyl catalog of over a hundred independent record labels including 4AD, Sub Pop, Domino and Ninja Tune. Due to the cost, time and care of pressing vinyl, many of the records lost in the fire are presumed to be out of print indefinitely. Among them were MF DOOM’s Take Me To Your Leader by his incarnation as King Geedorah, released by Ninja Tune/Big Dada in 2003.

Nearing the 10th anniversary of the album, the music service Beat Delete is spearheading an effort to repress the King Geedorah vinyl. Beat Delete does it like this: working with indie labels & indie artists, they make it possible for record buyers to request out of print titles. When they reach a certain threshold of requests, the record is brought back to life.

Request/buy at Beat Delete: King Geedorah Take Me To Your Leader

Take Me To Your Leader is arguably one of the best, but least appreciated DOOM albums. It’s a 13-track concept record, conceived, written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Villain Man himself. As DOOM puts it, “This whole album is Geedorah’s alien perspective on humans, to show the listener a mirror image of his/herself and the way we see each other.”

The record was made in the months when he was completing his “rap-for-hire” record Vaudeville Villain as Viktor Vaughn, and beginning work on Madvillainy with Madlib. At the time of the album’s release in summer 2003, DOOM was a mystery, as underground and independent as it gets, but it was the best album of the year as far as a few hip-hop heads were concerned. Mark Martelli, writing a 9/10 review of the album for Pitchfork, correctly predicted: “Heads will be discovering that album for the next ten years, and it’ll still sound fresh.”


MF DOOM — December 21, 2012 | Comments (13)

EXCLUSIVE | | Artwork by Kristian Hammerstad via Frank151 DOOM Book. Lyrics below.

In Lak’ech Planetary K’in
Red overtone dragon make your barathary spin
In the flesh with a band of merry men
Innocent civilians hari-kiri over yen
Is it the end or for pretend?
I can neither condemn, nor defend
Cats, that’s more pussy than a sanitary napkin bin
Villain ran a scam on his imaginary rapping friend
Again, shame on us
We in the same game, put the blame on Gus
Study til your brain vomit
Just don’t be out getting money when it rain comets
Armpits of funk, a bomb in the hunk a junk trunk
Metal palm on your ma’s badunkadunk
In a park in a rave under three days of darkness
Tell a hater behave and spark this
With the fresh banana berry blend
Counting mad tens ’til when January begin
The other hand clutched to a pen, 24/7 much to his chagrin
Used to drink gin, now he only drink oxygen water
Mixed with salt, things that cleanse the toxins sorta
And if they ever come get me
We were sippin rum on a number one jitney
I can neither confirm nor deny
On account of the sherm all high
Villain make