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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.


ORIGINS OF THE VILLAIN

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

BBNG, MF DOOM — January 9, 2015 | Comments (11)

HOE CAKES (Art Print) Jason J

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

SOLD OUT | HOE CAKES (ART PRINT) JASON JAGEL X MF DOOM

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, vote.gov, the official government site, hello.vote, which works via SMS, vote.org, or rockthevote.com

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.

Video: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4513596/kmd-rock-vote

MF DOOM – OPERATION DOOMSDAY – 2/CASSETTE BOX

MF DOOM — January 15, 2014 | Comments (23)

MF DOOM – OPERATION DOOMSDAY – 2/CASSETTE BOX SET

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 adultswim.com

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

JJ DOOM – BOOKHEAD – VIDEO

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.