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DOOM, “Back Like That” [Online Exclusive Feature Story]

Ultimately though it’s his patented humor that cuts like a light saber which keeps DOOM going. According to the MC, hip-hop has lost its humor over the years. “Everyone is trying to follow the next guy. Somehow it just turned into straight gansta shit,” DOOM told shared with XXL. “It’s supposedly―quote, unquote―gansta music, so everybody is trying to out-gansta the next guy. Testosterone fest is what I call it.” Though he admits that some MCs can keep gangster rap funny and upbeat in their own way, hip-hop has ultimately turned into a “circle jerk.” “Everybody talking about killing everybody, comes off as unrealistic.” Although he wears his villain persona like he wears his metal mask, he confirms that he’s “never murdered one nigga in a whole record.” Though some of his bitter fans that got duped in the past by his concert stand-in’s, might think DOOM could care less of how he comes off, that couldn’t be further from the truth. “You have to be conscious of what you’re putting out to the public and who’s hearing it,” says the Villain. “Because the children are hearing this!”

He went on to praise the work of another MC. “That’s why I respect Masta Ace; how he came with his record [MA_DOOM: Son of Yvonne],” which saw DOOM sign off on his Special Herbs beats for Ace’s use. “That brotha…very creative. When he came to me with that idea, that concept―I’m like, ‘Yeah, yo. Ace is on it.’”

In terms of collaboration, MF goes about it in Wild West fashion. No Twitter, no “my person will call your person” merrymaking. He says, “It’s hard to get at me,” he says. “Especially back then, in the days of Doomsday, people would have to find me the hard way. You know, it’s like the streets. Just like the streets.” If Key to the Kuffs seems like the placenta leftover from Madvillainy’s birth, it might be because working with JJ turned out to be very much like fraternizing with Madlib. Although, working with Jneiro Jarel was a little less of a “telepathic” process than it was with the Beat Konducta, the two work off each other well. Their friendship also picked up steam when they ran into each other years ago in L.A, after collaborating on a Shapes of Broad Minds track. “I was working on the Madvillain record, and we got mutual friends out there, so we would all be kickin’ it, talking about beats and equipment and shit. So I had more of a chance to hear his style, to hear his music and get to know him. We became friends.”


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