MF Doom: A Masked Legend

1 Jan

On December 31st 2020, MF Doom, an underground rapper who stressed that marketing plagued the hip hop and rap culture since the 90’s, passed away from “complications.” Much like the enigmatic rapper and his insistence to wear a mask that became the rapper’s persona, his Instagram page didn’t detail the official cause of death. What made MF Doom special is his rejection of commerciality and his definite stance on rhymes and lyrics over branding and persona that a company, like Def Jam, would rely heavily on. 

            MF Doom, real name Daniel Dumille, was born in London, January 9th, 1971, as he never became an American citizen. What is necessary to know about MF Doom is that his ability to hide his face proved far more useful to his career as his rhymes are what stand out in the rapper’s oeuvre and catalogue. If MF Doom is the equivalent to an anti-hero in Marvel, he would be closer to Doctor Doom. 

            A personal favorite of MF Doom’s catalogue is 2004’s “Mmmm Food.” 2004 represents a symbolic year, as it was a time when hip hop meant more, as it would also mean 50 Cent’s arrival with “Get Rich or Die Trying,” but also Cannibal Ox’s “The Cold Vein” and it meant a golden era for indie hip hop stars. Def Jux was also in the picture around the early 2000’s. What made “Mmm Food” a favorite is the sound of MF Doom’s voice and his sarcastic tone, without much cursing, or an Explicit lyric label on the front of every rap album from the 90’s. (Just because a rap album says Explicit Content, it doesn’t mean cursing will help the album, but it makes sense because early edited Cash Money albums were best heard unedited because the style matched with the explicit words they used in their rhymes).

            What is best said about MF Doom is that each person likes an MF Doom album to who they are as an individual. Another personal favorite is his collaboration with Adult Swim on “DangerDoom” with Dangerous which adds classic Adult Swim references from popular shows during the heyday of Adult Swim’s eccentric showrunners, such as Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Squidbillies. (Currently, as of writing, it’s only available to listen to on iTunes, and not buy, which sucks because I would own this album over others. Again, it’s about preference.)

            While the death of MF Doom almost adds more mystery surrounding the enigmatic rapper’s prescence, he went down like the enigmatic legend he sought to be. A master MC that most artists couldn’t dare to be.

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Update: As of 12:50 01/01/21 PM, DangerDoom is available on iTunes.

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