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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  • Brian Raider

    Awwwwwwwwwww Man Great Fuckin Article. Keys To The Cuffs JJ Doom Gotcha! Somebody Has To Promote This Guy More. But This Article Is Promotion Enough, Being That Millions Will Read This Shit, Its Like Now U Know. Now Yall Know I Love Doom Shit Man , He’s What U Call A Rappers Rapper. Easily One Of The Greatest MC’s Of All Time. My Intro To Doom Was In 04 With The Leaked Madvillain Tracks And It Blew My Brain To Bits. I Spent The Next Few Years Dabbling In Bits And Pieces Of His Work Thru Limewire. The Classic Doper Skiller With Kool Keith, And Let Me Watch With Apani B! Ironically I Just Heard Doomsday Last Year Completely. But I Had Rhymes Like Dimes(One Of My Favorites) Back In 05 Thru Limewire. All I Can Say Is Let The Man Hear Watch How It Go Down If U Havent. I Shout Him Out And His Influence Is Written All Over The Song. The Rhyme Patterns And Such. Last Summer I Made A Doom Mixtape And Its Bangin. Born Like This Is A Classic Album I Hate That It Wasnt Review By Your Master Reviewers. I Especially Like Freddie Foxxx Paying Homage To The god. Doom We Love It Keep It Comin. Im From Michigan And I Love Your Shit. Its The Music That Connects Us All. 1

  • Brian Raider

    Also Like A Big KRIT, Or Havoc, Or Dilla, Or … As Dope As He Is On The Mic He Is A Superproducer. The Tracks On Born LIke This And MM Food Saw Doom Peaking As A Producer. Who Else Could Make A Classic Out Of A Beat Box, A JJ Fad Sample, And A Rza Sharp Anita Baker Sample Work Cohesively? Doom, And Thats The 2nd Track On The LP. The More Recent Classic That Blew Me Away. That Is The Marraige Of His Production And Lyrical Prowess Has To Be The Standout From Born Like This-Thats That. Again Blew My Brain To Bits. I Was Like What The Fuck O My God! A Testament To Why I Say Hes One OF The Best “Fa Sheez, G’z Of G’z Sieze Properties Shoppin Sprees Chop the cheese drop Degreez To Stop Disease G Wiz Pa Doom ROck Grammar Like The Kumbiyah” Whoa! Like I Say His Influence Along With Other New York Rappers Infuence My Flow Errbody Youtube Search Brian Raider !!!

  • Brian Raider

    Wait Wait LMAO At Doom In Some Cartiers Good Shit My Nigga! We Rock Carti’s In The 313 ! LOL!

  • Brian Raider

    R2D2????? Am I Right R2D2?

  • Brian Raider

    R2 D2?

  • Brian Raider

    LMAO! The Master Editors At XXL I Said R2D2! LOL! Ahahahahhahahahhaha!

  • R2D2

    Wow Yall Good, And Quik, Watch This R2D2 R2D2 R2D2 Hahahahahhahahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahha R2 D2 !

  • Brian Raider

    RJ D2

  • Brian Raider

    Like Tony Todd Says I Felt Obliged To Come… OK Somebody Delete All Those Comments Below I Thought Yall Was Withholdin My Comment Cause I Was Right. Please Someone Delete That! I Say RJD2 By The Way Hope I Got It Right. Now Another Ill Thing About The Villain Is That He Will Work With A Producer And Bring The Best Out Of Them. Usually A Renowned Underground Producer. Madlib, Jake One, J.Dilla. But It 05, The Dangerdoom Was Special To Me! Now Everyone Says Madvillainny Is His Mona Lisa. Truuuuuuuuu, But Danger Doom Is A Classic Also. I Had Only Heard Of Danger Mouse For His Grey Album. I Really Got Into Krazy By Him And Cee Lo. Now Upon Listening To The Mouse And The Mask, I Didnt Take It Serious, Plus I Was Pissed That It Was Clean(Edited). After A Few Listens I Totally Got What They Were Doing El Chupa Nibre, Benzie Box, Old School Wit Talib I Was Like This Shit Goes. My Favorite Song Of The LP Is The Crosshairs. This Is What U Call A Culmination. This Is The Climax OF Danger Doom… For Some Reason Its Something About A Hip Hop Beat Infused With Violins That Drives Me Nuts(Reunited,The New Workout Plan)
    Daniel Says…
    The Vat is in the fire, a fryer made of chicken wire
    Gettin sick and tired of a friggin liar
    Pelican, with some very soft mangoes
    A closet full of skeletons and terry cloth Kangols
    Flew the coop, before you hit it let me warn you
    She did a cool hula-hoop, but don’t get any on you
    It’s all a big scam, to make y’all eat pig ham
    When he’s on the mic he’s like the triggerman, fig jam
    Doom, not to be confused with nobody
    Especially, since the flows he used was so nutty
    Never too woozy to go study, crews got no clues
    Like old cruddy Officer McGillicuddy
    Watch your six, he got a lot of more tricks
    Lyrics, bricks, on sticks sure got raw-nytics
    It’s a gift, don’t get shot for kicks
    With the same slick used to plot sick vicks with
    Spotted at a chick flick, holdin hands
    The other one on his swollen glands, a golden chance
    That’s why he kept them holes in his pants
    Rollin in a old van, is what he told his stolen fans
    Is that you true? Matched from hat to shoe
    Snafu, snatch any brew, LaBatt’s Blue
    Black jew like that’s new, patch me through
    No latch attached, skat shoo, catch twenty-two
    Super, he’s loaded dice nice
    And overpriced, a arm and a leg; homey life or your ice
    Villain, nag a grieving old hag
    Snag a bragger by his mic cord and leave him holding the bag
    Come clean, a bunch of dumb mean cream puffs
    A keen drum machine buff, who fiends for more green stuff
    Instead of starvin there be problems by the goo gobs
    Aight – somebody’s robbin Lou Dobbs and them tonight
    And he’s on the next flight, moon bound
    And makes it a point to stay away from the goon pound
    Got some peers, that’s gone in the lost years
    Tears and cheers, born in the crosshairs

  • Son Anthony

    Hm, 90′s new york hit maker? Can’t be Puffy, I wish it was Premier but I bet it’s Pete Rock

  • D. aRe.

    Sam Sever

  • Space Ghost

    DOOM is doing a collab album with producer Gensu Dean. Who recently made a music video with Large professor.

  • Colston Ryan

    …license plate: std. pos. “Standard pos.ition”

  • Colston Ryan

    Tbone says. what is the new stat line…h.p m(a).c..emcee…or h.d…see licence plate: Lst yer. “last year”

  • Colston Ryan

    Phill free…license plate “Add Lib”

  • Deviator

    I reckon it could be Mos Def. He’s a huge DOOM fan